The Dow Chokes on European Debt Worries

Once again, eurozone worries are causing the markets to panic after Fitch lowered Cyprus' credit ranking to junk. In addition, Spanish 10-year note yields are increasing after the Spanish government requested financial assistance to supply much-needed capital for its banking sector. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEX: ^DJI) is down 1.3%. Investors are moving their money out of the market, as they do not see an equitable solution coming out of the European Council meetings at the end of the week.



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Despite good housing data released this morning, the broad markets could not avoid the storm coming from overseas, where the European indexes were tossed by the influx of negative debt-related news. Domestically, seasonally adjusted new home sales for May came in at 369,000, beating estimates by 19,000.

To the markets
The Dow components are moving in a predictable manner: Companies most susceptible to economic growth are performing the worst. Alcoa (NYS: AA) is trading down 2.8% so far today. Chevron (NYS: CVX) is experiencing a sizable loss, down 2.1% as crude oil continues its tumble under the $80-per-barrel mark.

Outside of the Dow, Chesapeake Energy (NYS: CHK) has a bit of a double whammy on its hands as the company struggles not only from lower commodity prices, but also from its rogue CEO once again in the news -- this time for allegations of price fixing with a fierce competitor. Reuters published this report earlier today detailing a plot to avoid bidding against Encana (NYS: ECA) for public land in Michigan. Both Chesapeake and Encana are experiencing heavy sell-offs today, down 8.8% and 4.9%, respectively.

Keep a long-term focus
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