July 14, 2012
Today, industrials editor and analyst Brendan Byrnes discusses the Dow's three biggest winners this week. The Dow had declined for six straight days heading into Friday before staging a 1.6% rally that left the index essentially flat for the week. Big-bank earnings were the main catalyst for the gain on Friday, with JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo beating expectations. JPMorgan soared more than 6% on the week despite disclosing $4.4 billion in losses from its so-called "London whale" trade. Procter & Gamble rose this week after the odds that its CEO will leave increased, and Merck jumped after studies of its new osteoporosis drug looked promising. Check out the following video for more on why these Dow stocks had such a great week.
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