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Monday stocks fall at onset of full week of earnings

April 25th, 2011 by Rachel Pritchett

Dow starts out today at 12,453, minus 52 points.

NEW YORK (AP) — Mixed corporate earnings reports sent stock indexes wobbling Monday.
The Dow Jones industrial average fell 37 points, or 0.3 percent, to 12,468 in midday trading. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 3, or 0.2 percent, to 1,334. The Nasdaq composite edged up less than 0.1 percent to 2,821.
Stocks fell broadly. Technology companies were the only one of the 10 company groups that make up the S&P index to edge higher. Traders said rising commodity costs were making investors cautious.
“It’s becoming harder to become overly exuberant over backwards-looking earnings when it’s clear that consumers’ pocketbooks are getting squeezed over higher gasoline costs,” said Paul Zemsky, a market strategist at ING Investment Management. “Given that we’re near the … highs for the year, we’re certainly not adding to our (stock) positions until we get a sense of what these oil prices mean to the consumer.”
Johnson Controls Inc. fell more than 3 percent after the auto parts supplier said it expects revenue to drop by $500 million in the third quarter due to the earthquake in Japan.

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