NEW YORK (AP) Investors are selling stocks amid pessimism about the global economy. The Dow Jones industrial average is falling to new six-year lows.

Financial stocks led the market lower as investors are increasingly worried about the weakening banking industry and what the government is doing to stabilize it.

Disappointing fourth-quarter earnings reports from Lowe's and J.C. Penney are also providing new evidence that the recession is taking a heavy toll on U.S. businesses.

At midday, the Dow is down 121 to 7,345. The Standard & Poor's 500 index is down 13 at 766, and the Nasdaq composite index is down 8 at 1,435.

Friday's sell-off in the U.S. follows sharp declines overseas.

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