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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Companies

Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
AAPL Apple Inc. 168.63 -0.97 -0.57 47,345,930 Trade
QTNT Quotient Limited 6.82 0.28 4.28 440,810 Trade
AMGN Amgen Inc. 196.18 2.09 1.08 3,047,624 Trade
ALDX Aldeyra Therapeutics Inc. 9.49 0.16 1.71 159,293 Trade
SCYX SCYNEXIS Inc. 0.58 -0.03 -4.90 191,059 Trade
T AT&T Inc. 29.70 -0.21 -0.70 49,601,744 Trade
PLUG Plug Power Inc. 1.50 0.00 0.00 1,259,433 Trade
IPMLF Imperial Metals Corp 0.78 -0.05 -5.68 72,855
RDSA Royal Dutch Shell Plc ADR Sponsored Repstg A Shs n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade

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