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Dow drops more than 600 points as stock slide continues

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average is trading 609 points lower (as of 12:53 p.m.) as investor fears about inflation and higher interest rates continue to hammer the stock market. The big slide continues a string of volatile days for the Dow, which saw its largest daily point drop ever earlier this week.

One possible cause: U.S. Treasury notes neared multi-year highs on Thursday, signaling to some investors that more inflation should be expected down the road, per CNBC.

Go deeper: Learn more about the volatility index VIX — whose rise presaged the market's roller-coaster ride.