Big US stocks down today – Bear Stearns Cos. (BSC US) Biogen Idec Inc. (BIIB US) Ciena Corp. (CIEN US) Costco Wholesale Corp. (COST US) Countrywide Financial Corp. (CFC US) Dow Chemical Co. (DOW US) Fannie Mae (FNM US) Freddie Mac (FRE US) Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS US) Home Depot Inc. (HD US) Honeywell International Inc. (HON US) Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. (LEH US) Merrill Lynch & Co. (MER US) Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM US) Target Corp. (TGT US) Washington Mutual Inc. (WM US)

About three stocks declined for every two that rose on the New York Stock Exchange. The Nasdaq Composite Index fell…

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