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Dow tumbles almost 700 points at lows as stock-market rout continues Thursday

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled pared its worst losses of the session on Thursday, but were still trading decidedly lower, as carnage in the 122-year-old stock gauge persisted. The Dow DJIA, -2.12% was off almost 700 points, down 2.7%, at 24,962 Thursday afternoon, coming fresh off the index's 831-point tumble on Wednesday. Most recently, however, it was down 300 points, or 1.2%, at 25,291. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 index SPX, -2.01% was down 1.1% at 2,754 and the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -1.10% declined by 0.4% at 7,391. The equity benchmarks have been attempting to rebound from the prior session's downdraft all day but have thus far been unable to find footing higher. Recent declines