Track the companies that matter to you. It's FREE! Click one of these fan favorites to get started: Apple; Google; Ford.



Why the Dow Is Down This Morning

Watch stocks you care about

The single, easiest way to keep track of all the stocks that matter...

Your own personalized stock watchlist!

It's a 100% FREE Motley Fool service...

Click Here Now

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEX: ^DJI  ) is falling for the second day in a row as Europe failed to make much headway on the Greek debt talks and as five Dow components reported earnings. At 10 a.m. EST, the Dow was down 80 points to 12,629.

McDonald's (NYSE: MCD  ) reported strong earnings this morning. Earnings per share were up 15% to $1.33, above analyst expectations of $1.30 per share. Revenue was $6.82 billion, slightly above analyst expectations of $6.81 billion. However, in early trading McDonald's is down 1.7%.

DuPont (NYSE: DD  ) reported mild earnings before the market opened, with earnings basically flat at $0.40 per share, $0.35 excluding special items. This was above analysts' expectation of $0.33 per share; revenue was $8.77 billion versus expectations of $8.5 billion. In early trading, DuPont is down 0.9%.

Johnson & Johnson's (NYSE: JNJ  ) earnings were down 89% to $0.08 per share. However, excluding one-time items, earnings per share would have been $1.13, above analysts' expectations of $1.09. Revenue was $16.3 billion, slightly above analyst expectations of $16.27 billion. The stock is up 0.3% in early trading.

Travelers' earnings were $1.51 per share, below analyst expectations of $1.53. Revenue was $6.4 billion, above analyst expectations of $5.47 billion. Shares were down 2.1% in early trading

Verizon (NYSE: VZ  ) reported a loss of $0.71 per share. Excluding $1.20 of severance, pension, and benefit costs, EPS were $0.51, slightly below analyst expectations of $0.53. Revenue was up nearly 8% to $28.4 billion, in line with expectations. Verizon is down 2.1% in early trading.

The best approach
Watching the broad market each day is exciting, gut-wrenching, and stressful, but investing doesn't have to be. If you're in the mood to pick up a great company to buy for the long term, The Motley Fool has created a brand-new free report: "The Motley Fool's Top Stock for 2012." It features a company hand-selected by the Fool's chief investment officer that has a strong future ahead of it. Get access to the report and find out the name of this legendary company. The report is free but won't be forever, so check it out today.

Dan Dzombak holds no position in any company mentioned. Click here to see his holdings and a short bio. The Motley Fool owns shares of Johnson & Johnson. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of McDonald's and Johnson & Johnson; and creating a diagonal call position in Johnson & Johnson. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

Read/Post Comments (0) | Recommend This Article (6)

Comments from our Foolish Readers

Help us keep this a respectfully Foolish area! This is a place for our readers to discuss, debate, and learn more about the Foolish investing topic you read about above. Help us keep it clean and safe. If you believe a comment is abusive or otherwise violates our Fool's Rules, please report it via the Report this Comment Report this Comment icon found on every comment.

Be the first one to comment on this article.

Compare Brokers

Fool Disclosure

Sponsored Links

Leaked: Apple's Next Smart Device
(Warning, it may shock you)
The secret is out... experts are predicting 458 million of these types of devices will be sold per year. 1 hyper-growth company stands to rake in maximum profit - and it's NOT Apple. Show me Apple's new smart gizmo!

DocumentId: 1764076, ~/Articles/ArticleHandler.aspx, 10/21/2016 6:41:02 PM

Report This Comment

Use this area to report a comment that you believe is in violation of the community guidelines. Our team will review the entry and take any appropriate action.

Sending report...

Today's Market

updated Moments ago Sponsored by:
DOW 18,145.71 -16.64 -0.09%
S&P 500 2,141.16 -0.18 -0.01%
NASD 5,257.40 15.57 0.30%

Create My Watchlist

Go to My Watchlist

You don't seem to be following any stocks yet!

Better investing starts with a watchlist. Now you can create a personalized watchlist and get immediate access to the personalized information you need to make successful investing decisions.

Data delayed up to 5 minutes

Related Tickers

10/21/2016 4:47 PM
^DJI $18145.71 Down -16.64 -0.09%
DD $69.70 Up +0.24 +0.35%
DuPont CAPS Rating: ****
JNJ $113.44 Down -1.43 -1.24%
Johnson and Johnso… CAPS Rating: ****
MCD $113.93 Up +3.36 +3.04%
McDonald's CAPS Rating: ***
VZ $48.20 Down -0.94 -1.91%
Verizon Communicat… CAPS Rating: ****