Earnings season is in full swing, and investors are fully focused on how the most influential stocks in the market performed during the second quarter. Although economic data showing a drop of 5.4% in home sales during June didn't help the market, the National Association of Realtors report differs from the assessment of the Federal Reserve's Beige Book, which found that home sales improved in all 12 districts of the country. After being in both positive and negative territory, the Dow Jones Industrials
Conflicting earnings news helped contribute to the Dow's lack of a strong move in either direction. On one hand, IBM
On the other side of the coin was American Express
Finally, United Technologies
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