Dow Jones

Asia markets join global stock plunge

Japan's Nikkei 225 index ended the morning session down 5.3% and Hong Kong's Hang Seng dropped 4.7%.

It comes after the Dow Jones Industrial Average suffered its worst drop in more than six years on Monday.

A strengthening global economy and healthy corporate earnings had spurred world markets to record highs.

But the sell-off began last week after a solid US jobs report fuelled expectations that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates faster than expected.

Dow Jones: 'Google acquires Apple' news was 'error'

But the story, that the acquisition had been suggested in the will of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, was bogus.

It was removed after two minutes, though Apple's shares did briefly rise in value.

Dow Jones said the news appeared as the result of a "technical error" and should be ignored.

The unintentionally published fake news described the acquisition as "a surprise move to everyone who is alive" and quoted Google employees as saying "Yay".

It also stated that Google would move into "Apple's fancy headquarters".

World stocks fall after Fed suggests Sept rate hike possible

KEEPING SCORE: Dow Jones futures slumped 170 points and the Standard & Poor's 500 gave up 20. In Europe, France's CAC-40 fell 0.9 percent to 4,632.59 and Germany's DAX lost 0.9 percent to 10,211.13. The U.K. was closed for a holiday. Wall Street looked set for losses at the open.

US stocks edge lower in early trading; Keurig plunges

Keurig Green Mountain plunged 28 percent Thursday after the maker of single-serve coffee machines said revenue from coffee pods and brewers both fell in the latest quarter.

Mondelez International, which makes Oreo cookies and Cadbury chocolate, jumped 4 percent after the activist investor Bill Ackman took a $5.5 billion stake in the company.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 52 points, or 0.3 percent, to 17,489 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time.