January Closes As the Worst Month For Stocks in Nearly Two Years

Michael Teague  |

The continuing emerging markets sell-off, along with a slew of disappointing corporate earnings statements sent stocks lower by Friday’s closing bell, making January the worst month for Wall Street in almost two years.


Standard & Poor’s 500: -0.65 percent to 1,782.59

Dow Jones Industrial Average: -0.94 percent to 15,698.85

Nasdaq: -0.47 percent to 4,103.88


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Earnings season took its toll on the Dow, with oil giant Chevron (CVX) dropping over 4 percent by the close after revealing a 32 percent drop in profits during the recently-ended period. ExxonMobil (XOM) was off about 2 percent, as its own earnings statement released earlier in the week reflected a very similar scenario to that of its colleague.


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Toy giant Mattel (MAT) and online bookseller-cum-tech deity Amazon.com (AMZN) led the S&P down in spectacular fashiong on losses of 12 and 11 percent respectively. Meanwhile, Yahoo! (YHOO) rebounded slightly from a string of down days, closing on a 2 percent gain. Facebok (FB) added nearly 2.5 percent, as did Microsoft (MSFT) as the company indicated earlier in the day that the search for a new CEO would soon be over.


Zynga (ZNGA) was an unexpected surprise on the day, as the stock jumped over 23 percent by the bell after announcing the purchase of mobile gaming company NaturalMotion. Hardware makers JDS Uniphase ($JDS) and Broadcom Corp. (BRCM) were up significantly, while major chemical manufacturer Cereplast (CERP) was off nearly 13 percent.

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