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New York (AFP) – U.S. stocks tumbled Wednesday in a decline that analysts attributed to profit-taking after the equity market surge of 2013.

At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 131.65 (0.82 percent) to 15,841.48.

The broad-based S&P 500 declined 20.57 (1.14 percent) to 1,782.05, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index gave up 56.68 (1.40 percent) at 4,003.81.

“The market has been in a little bit of a sell-off mood since the beginning of the month, and rightly so after being up 25 percent,” said Mace Blicksilver, director of Marblehead Asset Management. referring to the S&P 500’s gain so far in 2013.

“It’s getting close to the end of the year,” said Michael James, managing director of equity trading at Wedbush Securities. “There’s more profit to protect this year.”

Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog

What makes Trump supporters so loyal to a president who is wrecking the country and the world is one of the great mysteries of our time. And the latest political scientist to ponder this problem is Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog, whose obscene, cigar-chomping wisecracks you may recall from his many appearances on Saturday Night Live.

Now working as a "correspondent" for Stephen Colbert's Late Show, Triumph recently convened a focus group of real live Trump supporters to discuss current issues, such as the dismantling of Confederate statues and unemployment. The group watched some fictional Trump-Pence campaign ads to gauge their reaction to potentially extreme proposals by their idol.

Even Triumph, who always presumes human stupidity, was exasperated by their answers.

It's uproariously funny, the way only a gang of mindless Trumpists can be.