Stocks fell in confluence of frayed nerves over Europe's sovereign debt, technical trading levels and fresh worries over Washington's debt negotiations. Mark Lasseigne has your market report on today's Acadiana Business Index.


  • Spain was forced to offer record yields at its government bond auction today.  The higher yields reflected higher risk to the bonds, and escalated concerns that large economies previously considered safe bets, could see borrowing costs rising to levels that cannot be sustained.
  • And, the U.S. Congress deficit super-committee members remain at odds in reaching a deal.  The bipartisan panel has less than a week to reach agreement on how to reduce the federal budget deficit by at least $1.2 trillion over 10 years.
In corporate news:
  • Sears Holdings dropped 4.5% to 65.19 after the department-store reported a wider-than-expected loss.
  • Applied Materials fell 7.5% to 11.53 after the chip-equipment maker reported better quarterly results, but indicated that first-quarter earnings and revenue would be below forecasts.
  • Crude oil closed at $98.82 a barrel.
  • And Gold settled at $1,720 an ounce.