NEW YORK — Stocks dropped sharply in early trading after more disappointing corporate earnings. This time it was chemical maker DuPont Co., whose third-quarter profit plunged.
Major U.S. stock indexes were off more than 1%. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 211 points, or 1.6%, to 13,130 shortly after the opening bell.
The broader Standard & Poor's 500 index slid 18 points, or 1.3%, to 1,416. The Nasdaq was down 26 points, or 0.8%, to 2,992.
DuPont's profit fell to $10 million, or 1 cent a share, in the third quarter, down from $452 million, or 48 cents, from the same period a year ago.