DJIA, S&P 500 Slip as NASDAQ Falls Amid Corporate Earnings

Michael Teague |

The nonchalance of Carl Icahn in his Tuesday evening CNBC interview, as he was handed and then proceeded to sip on a martini, was of no solace to investors in Wednesday’s trading session, as stocks slipped across the board by the closing bell.

While the Dow and S&P ended only modestly lower, the NASDAQ was dragged further asunder by tech shares, as companies throughout the sector pared back gains from previous sessions.

Ahead of a much-anticipated earnings statement from Apple (AAPL) , economic data in the form of drastically lower housing sales for the month of March, an anemic preliminary reading on US manufacturing, and poor results from AT&T (T) and Amgen (AMGN) held the broader market back.

Results for April 23, 2014

●     Standard & Poor’s 500: -0.22 percent to 1,875.39

●     NASDAQ: -0.83 percent to 4,126.97

●     Dow Jones Industrial Average: -0.08 percent to 16,501.65

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Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
AAPL Apple Inc. 116.60 -0.46 -0.39 23,194,933
ALDX Aldeyra Therapeutics Inc. 6.81 -0.13 -1.87 14,524
AMGN Amgen Inc. 158.51 -2.99 -1.85 3,540,978
IPMLF Imperial Metals Corp 4.46 0.11 2.42 1,600
PLUG Plug Power Inc. 1.62 0.07 4.52 1,210,965
QTNT Quotient Limited 6.92 -0.67 -8.83 92,886
RDSA Royal Dutch Shell Plc ADR Sponsored Repstg A Shs n/a n/a n/a 0
SCYX SCYNEXIS Inc. 3.65 -0.11 -2.93 490,322
T AT&T Inc. 37.49 -1.16 -3.00 82,781,024


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