By Bill Barnhart, Chicago Tribune Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
Mar. 10--NASDAQ SLUMPS BELOW 2000 RATES EXTEND THEIR DECLINE: A second straight day of selling on Wall Street sent the Nasdaq composite index below the 2000 mark Tuesday for the first time this year.
Treasury securities rallied for a third straight day, extending an unexpected slide in interest rates.
"I wonder if the market is telling us the economy is slowing down," said Jack Tilton, Glen Ellyn-based market analyst with Channel Trend.
The Dow Jones industrial average fell 72.52 points, to 10,456.96. The decline was broad-based, with only six of the 30 Dow stocks posting gains.
The Nasdaq composite …