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US stocks Thursday fell sharply as weak Chinese economic data and rising tensions in Ukraine offset solid US retail sales and labor-market data. The Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled 231.19 points (1.41 percent) to 16,108.89. The broad-based S&P 500 fell 21.86 (1.17 percent) to 1,846.34, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index slumped 62.91 (1.46 percent) to 4,260.42. Stocks had opened higher following better-than-expected US reports on retail sales and unemployment claims, but veered into negative territory mid-morning with the sell-off accelerating in the afternoon.