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PG&E shares fall after deadly explosion

pge chart.pngClick chart for more of today's market action. By Blake Ellis, staff reporter


NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Shares of Pacific Gas & Electric tumbled 6% Friday after a gas pipeline in California exploded and erupted into flames.

The blast occurred in San Bruno, near San Francisco, after a gas transmission line owned by PG&E (PCG, Fortune 500) ruptured. But the cause of the rupture is still being investigated.

The explosion, which took place late Thursday, killed four people and sparked a fire that has destroyed dozens of homes.

Shares of the utility company dropped $2.91, or 6%, to $45.34 in afternoon trading Friday.

CNNWires contributed to this report.  To top of page

Index Last Change % Change
Dow 15,973.84 313.66 2.00%
Nasdaq 4,337.51 70.67 1.66%
S&P 500 1,864.78 35.70 1.95%
Treasuries 1.75 0.10 6.33%
Data as of 8:40am ET
Company Price Change % Change
Bank of America Corp... 11.95 0.79 7.08%
General Electric Co 28.26 0.81 2.95%
Cisco Systems Inc 25.11 0.43 1.74%
Chesapeake Energy Co... 1.59 -0.19 -10.67%
Freeport-McMoRan Inc... 5.53 0.64 13.09%
Data as of Feb 12
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