Stocks finished sharply lower Wednesday, wiping out all of the previous session's gains, as growing worries over rising bond yields in Spain and Italy and fears over Greece's possible euro zone exit kept investors on edge.
Facebook took another leg lower, with the stock finishing near $28 a share. The stock has plunged nearly 25 percent since its market debut almost two weeks ago. The social-networking giant received notice that U.S. antitrust regulators will give its proposed purchase of Instagram a lengthy investigation .
The Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled 160.83 points, or 1.28 percent, to close at 12,419.86, led by Alcoa and BofA . The blue-chip index is less than 2 percent from erasing all of this year's gains.
The S&P 500 fell 19.10 points, or 1.43 percent, to end at 1,313.32. The Nasdaq dropped 33.63 points, or 1.17 percent, to finish at 2,837.36.
The CBOE Volatility Index, widely considered the best gauge of fear in the market, surged nearly 15 percent to finish above 24.
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