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Political Battles Hit Stocks

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September 30, 2013 AT 6:58 AM
Stock markets around the world slumped as investors girded themselves for bouts of political wrangling on both sides of the Atlantic. U.S. stock futures fell as investors prepared for a potential shutdown of the U.S. government. Beyond the uncertainty in the U.S., political instability in Italy has also unsettled European assets.