The Dow Jones industrial average was down 357 points, or 2 per cent, to 17,321 as of 12 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday. The blue-chip average dropped as much as 390 points earlier. The Standard & Poor's 500 index shed 30 points, or 1.5 per cent, to 2,027. The Nasdaq slid 86 points, or 1.8 per cent, to 4,684.
Microsoft shares slid 10 per cent a day after the company noted in its quarterly results that licensing revenue for Windows fell. Management warned that a strong dollar will dent revenue.
The government reported that orders for long-lasting manufactured goods dropped 3.4 per cent in December.