Stocks fall on fears the Gulf oil
spill will put BP into bankruptcy
The stock market had another late-day slide, this time because offears that the Gulf oil spill will send BP into bankruptcy court.
The Dow Jones industrials, up more than 125 points at midday, closeddown 41. Most selling came in the last hour, the third time in fourdays that stocks had a late-day drop.
Investors got a "sell" signal from a news report that quoted ananalyst as saying BP could be forced to seek bankruptcy protection inabout a month because of the oil spill. Analysts also said there wereconcerns that the company might have trouble paying its dividend.