*Stocks recovering


Dow is down about 270 points with 10 minutes to go.

*CNBC is reporting that a trading error at a major firm is being blamed for the market plunge. Story developing...

A possible culprit for the drop was a trader error in which someone entered a "b" for billion instead of an "m" for million in a trade. Multiple sources confirmed the report to CNBC and CNBC.com

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