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A sharp decline in “Wall Street” indices due to the new…

Major US stock indexes fell sharply at the opening of the day, with shares related to the travel, banking and commodity sectors hardest hit by the sell-off on news of a new strain of coronavirus that may be resistant to vaccines.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 437.69 points, or 1.22%, at the opening, to 35,366.69 points.

The benchmark “Standard & Poor’s 500” index fell 36.83 points, or 0.78 percent, to 4,664.63 points, while the “Nasdaq Composite” index fell 180.85 points, or 1.14 percent, to 15,664.38 points.

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