Stocks Mostly Down On Weak Manufacturing Data & Earnings

Michael Teague |

Stocks were mostly down on Tuesday, as the Standard & Poor’s 500 snapped a four-day run of all-time high closes, and investors awaited earnings reports from Apple Inc. (AAPL) and AT&T (T) .

The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond released data from its index of manufacturing activity indicating an unexpected drop in the mid-Atlantic region for the month of July, from June’s’s +8 reading to a reading of -11, a far cry from the +7 that had been the expectation of economists.

Meanwhile, the slew of earnings reports over the last two weeks has shown a large number of companies who have been able to increase earnings-per-share, while revenues and sales growth have remained somewhat stagnant.

The S&P 500 shed 0.19 percent to end the day at 1,692.93 points, while the NASDAQ dropped 0.59 percent to 3,579.27. The Dow Jones Industrial Average managed to stay in the positive, to the tune of 22 points, up 0.14 percent to close trading at 15,567.74.

The S&P was weighed down mainly by tech shares, with losses for Sprint Nextel (S) , Broadcom Corp. (BRCM) , Yahoo! (YHOO) and Dell Inc. (DELL) . Basic materials stocks held their own against the day’s losses, with gains for mining companies such as Peabody Energy (BTU) and Cliff’s Natural Resources (CLF) , as well as oil and gas refiners Marathon Petroleum (MPC) and Phillips 66 (PSX) .

United Technologies Corp. ($UTX) was the Dow’s best performer of the day after releasing its second-quarter earnings report early in the day indicating the company beat earnings-per-share expectations.

On the NASDAQ, security software and services company Sourcefire Inc. (FIRE) jumped over 27 percent to $75.50 on news that the company would be purchased by Cisco Systems (CSCO) .

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Companies

Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
AAPL Apple Inc. 109.11 -0.79 -0.72 34,331,042
MPC Marathon Petroleum Corporation 48.01 0.21 0.44 4,806,625
S Sprint Corporation 8.05 0.07 0.88 17,368,282
UTX United Technologies Corporation 107.42 -0.80 -0.74 3,077,760
PSX Phillips 66 85.44 0.56 0.66 2,811,297
CSCO Cisco Systems Inc. 29.53 0.28 0.96 20,865,842
BTU Peabody Energy Corp n/a n/a n/a 0
YHOO Yahoo! Inc. 40.20 0.13 0.32 4,408,407
CLF Cliffs Natural Resources Inc 10.48 0.92 9.62 25,636,103
BRCM Broadcom Corp. n/a n/a n/a 0
T AT&T Inc. 38.63 0.02 0.05 20,773,441
ICPW Ironclad Performance Wear 0.27 0.02 8.00 10,206

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