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Wall Street plunges as factory data, Apple warning fuel slowdown fears


NEW YORK (Reuters) – Wall Street plunged on Thursday after slowing U.S. factory activity on the heels of a dire revenue warning from Apple Inc ( AAPL.O ) fueled fears of a global economic slowdown.

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The magnitude of Apple’s holiday quarter revenue shortfall sent shockwaves through the technology sector, which pulled all three major U.S. stock indexes down more than 2 percent, with the Nasdaq posting a 3 percent loss

S&P Technology companies .SPLRCT slid 5.1 percent, its biggest one-day percentage drop since August 2011. The Philadelphia SE Semiconductor index .SOX ended the session 5.9 percent lower

Late Wednesday, Apple chief executive Tim Cook wrote in a letter to investors that the company had not foreseen the extent of China’s economic deceleration, which was exacerbated by U.S.-China trade tensions. The iPhone maker’s shares dropped 10.0 percent.