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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 18,395.40 -53.01 -0.29%
Nasdaq 5,218.92 6.71 0.13%
S&P 500 2,169.04 -3.43 -0.16%
Treasuries 1.64 0.06 3.68%
Data as of 9:58pm ET
Company Price Change % Change
Bank of America Corp... 15.79 0.26 1.67%
Chesapeake Energy Co... 6.40 0.07 1.11%
Freeport-McMoRan Inc... 10.89 -0.20 -1.80%
Apple Inc 106.94 -0.63 -0.59%
Micron Technology In... 16.51 0.31 1.91%
Data as of Aug 26
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