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Stocks Move Steadily Lower on Wall Street, Extending Losses

Stocks lurched lower again in midday trading on Wall Street Thursday, extending a streak of losses and putting the market on track for its second big weekly decline in a row. The market got off to a mixed start but fell steadily as the morning wore on. Technology companies, the leading sector over the past year, and banks fell the most.   The Standard & Poor's 500 index, the benchmark for many index funds in 401(k) accounts, is now down 7.7 percent from the latest record...

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