102022301-455489886.530x298U.S. stocks declined sharply on Wednesday, following the S&P 500’s seventh quarterly gain, as investors fretted global concerns, mixed U.S. economic data and earnings ahead. “As we sit on the eve of earnings season, and we had a bunch of weaker economic data today, and as you look at continued weakness in Europe, there is concern of does it bleed into earnings. It raises some doubt for investors as to what the earnings picture will look like,” said Jim Dunigan, managing executive, investments, at PNC Wealth Management.  “October is a ghostly month anyway,” Dunigan added. More