Acadiana Business Index
-Wall Street dropped again, with signs of economic softness and a deepening impasse on the debt crisis in Washington.
-The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 199 points to 12,303.
-Strong corporate earnings did not help the broader market.
-Oil prices pushed lower after the Department of Energy reported a surprise increase in oil inventories.
-Crude-oil settled at $98.15/ barrel.
-Gold closed at $1,615/ounce.