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



The Stocks that Caused the Dow to Close Flat

Don't let it get away!

Keep track of the stocks that matter to you.

Help yourself with the Fool's FREE and easy new watchlist service today.

It was a good way to end a wild week. After the Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEX: ^DJI  ) lost more than 400 points in the two previous days, the index closed up four points today. The Dow now sits at 12,815, up just 4.07 points, or 0.03%, for the day. Today's poor market showing can be directly related to political officials. The Dow was up nearly 80 points at one point. But speeches from both political parties stating that they will not bend on their beliefs pertaining to taxing higher income earners, confirmed worries that government officials may not be able to agree on a solution prior to the fiscal cliff deadline.

At the middle of the trading session, four the Dow's 30 components were in the red, three of which were McDonald's (NYSE: MCD  ) , Disney (NYSE: DIS  ) , and Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT  ) . Find out why they were moving lower by clicking here, or stick around to learn why UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH  ) , Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ  ) , and United Technologies (NYSE: UTX  ) also were in the red today.

So why are they down?
UnitedHealth Group saw its shares loss 1.01% today. The company has been one of the big losers now that the election is over and Obama and his health care plan are here to stay.  While the Affordable Care Act will help health insurance companies add healthy customers who don't cost insurers very much money, it will also require the companies to add individuals who will cost the companies a large amount of money. People who have pre-existing conditions can no longer be dropped by the insurance companies, and while I'm not saying that's a bad thing, it will likely cost the insurer more money than that customer paid into the system.

Hewlett-Packard -- a staple on the Dow's daily falling stocks -- was down again today by 1.52%. Forbes published a report today which showed that the PC company is analysts' 29th favorite stock in the Dow. Note -- but the Dow only consists of 30 stocks. Additionally, Hewlett-Packard ranks 492 in the S&P 500. Note – the S&P 500 only consists of 500 stocks. The report shows that brokers no longer favor the stock, and are not pushing it on clients. Once a stock falls out of favor with Wall Street, it can be a long time until it regains the market's confidence.

Lastly, United Technologies fell today by 0.42%. With the fiscal cliff quickly approaching, higher taxes are not the only concern for investors. If the Federal Government's budget deficient is also not agreed upon by the end of the year, major automatic government spending cuts will be enacted. Many investors believe United Technologies will be affected by these cuts because of its relationship with the aerospace industry.

Foolishly investing

If you're looking for some long-term investing ideas, let me invite you to read the Fool's brand-new special report, The 3 Dow Stocks Dividend Investors Need. It's absolutely free, so just click here and get your copy today.


Read/Post Comments (1) | Recommend This Article (18)

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.

  • Report this Comment On November 09, 2012, at 10:23 PM, ajants wrote:

    Porter Stansberry says Obama is going to be one of our great presidents.Is anybody afraid.He says great times are coming, who believes him

Add your comment.

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: 2105924, ~/Articles/ArticleHandler.aspx, 10/26/2016 3:19:09 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 18,204.33 35.06 0.19%
S&P 500 2,138.19 -4.97 -0.23%
NASD 5,250.88 -32.52 -0.62%

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

10/26/2016 3:03 PM
DIS $93.68 Up +0.93 +1.00%
Walt Disney CAPS Rating: *****
HPQ $13.91 Up +0.01 +0.04%
HP CAPS Rating: ***
MCD $112.03 Down -0.69 -0.61%
McDonald's CAPS Rating: ***
UNH $142.16 Down -1.62 -1.13%
UnitedHealth Group CAPS Rating: ****
UTX $101.18 Down -0.18 -0.18%
United Technologie… CAPS Rating: ****
WMT $69.76 Up +0.40 +0.58%
Wal-Mart Stores CAPS Rating: ***