The Stock Market is Falling: Here's Why

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Rising-rate fears kept stocks in the red on Tuesday as the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell for the fourth straight day.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 0.4% to close at 25,857.07, while the S&P 500 shed 0.3% to 2,822.43 and the Nasdaq Composite dipped 0.2% to 7,692.20.

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The Dow and S&P 500 are coming off their worst monthly performance since February. The Dow fell 6.5% in October while the S&P 500 slid 5.1%.

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Rising interest rates have been a major concern for investors as of late amid fears that they could put a dent in corporate profits and economic growth. 

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"What we're seeing is a bit of a flight to safety as interest rates continue to rise," said Randy Frederick, vice president of trading and derivatives at Charles Schwab. 

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"Higher interest rates are starting to have an impact on stock prices."

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In corporate news, Sears Holdings filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Tuesday. 

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The move comes after years of financial struggles for the once- iconic retailer.

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Shares of Sears closed down 12.3%, while shares of its spinoff, Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, tumbled 20.6%.

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Elsewhere, Bloom Energy shares spiked 14.3% after the company's initial public offering priced above expectations. 

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Bloom sold 20 million shares at $15 each, raising $300 million.

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