Stocks continue leaking Wednesday

After two days of big losses, the HCN Stock Index showed strength on Wednesday before fading to finish the day down 1.33 percent at 766.22.

Amid international financial turmoil, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 189 points, or 2 percent, to finish at 9,258.

On the HCN index, a basket of 20 companies weighted by market cap, decliners led gainers 12 to 8. The best performing stocks on the day were Builders FirstSource, up 4.75 percent; Scotts Miracle-Gro, up 2.85 percent; and The Stanley Works, up 2.52 percent.