Stocks fall as fears about deadly virus grow; Dow drops 225

Markets in 2019:

(AP)- Health care companies are leading a broad slide in U.S. stocks Friday afternoon as increased fears that a deadly virus could spread more widely rattled markets.

The S&P 500 is on track for its worst day since early October. The sell-off follows news that a Chicago woman has become the second U.S. patient diagnosed with the new virus from China.

The S&P 500 index fell 1.1%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 226 points, or 0.8%, to 28,933. The Nasdaq lost 1.1%. The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 1.67% from 1.74% Thursday.

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