Dow plummets as investors worry about ‘fiscal cliff’
Post-election fiscal reality hits Wall Street
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell sharply Wednesday following President Obama’s re-election, as investors absorbed the reality that the same political players in Washington, D.C., now must address the nation’s so-called fiscal cliff, which looms at year’s end. The Dow was down by about 280 points at 3 p.m., just over 2 percent, to under 13,000, after falling as much as 369 points earlier in the day. Financial and energy stocks were hit particularly hard.