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Stock market futures, Oct. 7, 2014: The U.S. stock markets slipped on Monday during a busy day for the tech and healthcare sectors. In a surprise announcement on Monday, Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) said it will split into two separate companies and lay off nearly 5,000 employees. The firm will split into two listed companies, one a personal computer business and the other a manufacturer of printers. Hewlett-Packard shares were up more than 4.5% on the day.
The S&P 500 Volatility Index (VIX), the market's fear gauge, was up 6.25% on the day.