Stocks continued to decline after drops in world markets proved to be contagious at the open, with the Dow falling the most since July 2, the Wall Street Journal reports. The worldwide stock decline had investors scrambling to Treasurys and other safe havens. Home-improvement retailer Lowe's fell 10% after reporting a 19% drop in quarterly earnings. The Dow fell 186 points to close at 9,135. The Nasdaq shed 55 points, closing at 1,931, and the S&P 500 dropped 24 points to settle at 980.