Stocks sank for the sixth consecutive day on Thursday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunging 546 points after an 800-point drop on Wednesday. The extended decline has rippled through Asian markets, with indexes in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Taiwan falling between 3 and 6 percent. President Trump blamed the Federal Reserve's newly-raised rates for the tumble, but Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the "correction" in the market was "not particularly surprising." Analysts say rising trade tensions between the U.S. and China could continue to cause strife; the CBOE Volatility Index, sometimes referred to as the "market fear index," is at its highest point since the February selloffs.
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