US stocks slide as Ukraine tensions rise


FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2014 file photo, trader Edward Curran, left, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Global stocks tumbled Monday, March 3, 2014, as tension over Russia's military advance into Ukraine and possible sanctions by Western governments intensified. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) | Zoom

NEW YORK (AP) - Global stock markets are down sharply on tensions over Russia's military advance into Ukraine and the threat of sanctions by Western governments.

U.S. stocks followed declines on European exchanges early Monday. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 143 points, or 0.9 percent, to 16,178 shortly after the U.S. stock market opened. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 14 points, or 0.8 percent, to 1,844 and the Nasdaq skidded 47 points, or 1 percent, at 4,260.

In Europe, Germany's DAX sank 272 points, or 2.8 percent, to 9,419. Britain's FTSE 100 dropped 100 points, or 1.5 percent, to 6,709. The benchmark Russian stock exchange dropped 12.5 percent.

Oil climbed 1.6 percent on supply concerns. Russia is a major exporter.


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