Dow Drops 53 on Weak Jobs Data Dow recovers from 188-point drop By Nick McMaster, Newser Staff Posted Feb 25, 2010 3:19 PM CST 3 comments Comments Specialist James Ahrens works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) (Newser) – Stocks dropped sharply after the Labor Department reported an unexpected uptick in weekly jobless claims, but a recovery in commodities-related stocks helped the broader market trim its losses, Wall Street Journal reports. The Dow closed down 53 points at 10,321. The Nasdaq lost 2 points, settling at 2,234. The S&P 500 also dropped 2 points to close at 1,103.