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Dow closes below 20,000 amid calls for US to 'shut down'

Circuit breaker triggered for fourth time this month

Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on March 18.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- U.S. stocks on Wednesday more than erased the previous day's rebound as investors priced in new, drastic actions, such as the closure of the U.S.-Canada border.

A 7% decline in the broader S&P 500 tripped the stock market's circuit breaker during the session, halting trading for the fourth time this month. The index fell 5% for the day, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average sunk below 20,000 to close at 19,902.

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