Earnings Drive the Dow to Another Gain
Jul 18th 2012 6:08PM
Updated Jul 18th 2012 6:12PM
The Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEX: ^DJI) looks as if it might be starting to get back on track after a series of declines, gaining more than 100 points on the day. The gain was primarily due to earnings from a slew of blue chips that largely impressed investors. A positive housing report also helped push stocks up today, as data showed that homebuilders broke ground on more homes in June than any month since October 2008.
Here's how all three major U.S. indices fared on the day:
|Dow Jones Industrial Average||103.16 [0.81%]||12,908.70|
|S&P 500||9.11 [0.67%]||1,372.78|
Despite the Dow's solid gain today, there was one Dow stock in particular that finished well in the red. It turns out earnings weren't so kind to Bank of America (NYS: BAC) , which dropped a whopping 4.9% today despite beating analyst expectations. Analysts worried about weakness in the company's core earnings, and the fact that disputes over bad mortgages and mortgage-backed bonds doubled from last year, a liability for the company that continues to get worse.
On the other side of the coin, chipmaker Intel (NYS: INTC) was the Dow's biggest gainer on the day, rising 3.3% on earnings released after hours on Tuesday. Intel lowered its full-year revenue growth outlook because of the struggling macro economy, but by less than many investors had feared. The better-than expected outlook from Intel also helped pull fellow tech giant Cisco (NAS: CSCO) up 2.9% to finish as the Dow's second biggest winner.
Outside the Dow, Honeywell (NYS: HON) finished up 6.7% today on impressive earnings. The company reported earnings per share of $1.14, beating analyst expectations of $1.11. Revenue jumped 3.8% to $9.44 billion. Strength in the company's aerospace segment drove sales growth, with revenue in that division increasing by 7.7%. The strong performance from its aerospace segment also helped the company increase net margins to 15.8%, up from 14.3% a year ago.
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