3 Winners Defying the Dow's Drop

At the halfway point of the trading day, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEX: ^DJI  ) was down 56 points (-0.42%) to 13,458. The S&P 500 (INDEX: ^GSPC  ) is down one point (-0.1%) to 1,443.

The markets are falling on reports that Spain is seeking a bailout from the EU, but Germany has asked Spain to hold off. A bailout of Spain would be a good thing, but the question of whether it will happen is making investors nervous. It's also raining in New York City, which pushes down the market.

The markets as a whole are down, but a few are resisting the downward slide.

Today's Dow leaders
Today's Dow leader is Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT  ) , up 0.39% ($0.12) to $29.61. The company is gearing up for the Windows 8 launch later this month. Last week Intel created a stir when a report came out that CEO Paul Otellini reportedly bashed Windows 8 at an internal meeting in Taipei. The company has since put out a press release denying the report.

Fool analyst Eric Bleeker took a look at the growing rift between Microsoft and Intel. Click here for his take.

Next up is UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH  ) , up 0.3% ($0.17) to $56.63. The managed-care industry is up as a whole. The only specific news to report is that UnitedHealth competitor WellPoint announced a sale of $1.35 billion of convertible debt. The managed-care industry is largely immune to the trials and tribulations of Europe, moving more with the industry regulation.

Fool analyst Amanda Alix recently took a closer look at UnitedHealth. Click here for her take.

Third for the day is 3M (NYSE: MMM  ) , up 0.16% ($0.15) to $93.44. Yesterday 3M announced it is acquiring Ceradyne for a 40% premium. Ceradyne is a leader in the advanced-ceramics industry. Advanced ceramics are used for everything from corrosion and heat resistance to armor.

Fool analysts Isaac Pino and Blake Bos took a look at the merger and what it means for 3M investors; click here for their take.

The best approach
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Dan Dzombak holds no position in any company mentioned. Click here and like his Facebook page to follow his investing articles. The Motley Fool owns shares of Ceradyne, Intel, and Microsoft. Motley Fool newsletter services recommend 3M Company, Intel, and UnitedHealth Group. 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.


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