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These 3 Dow Stocks Made the Best of a Bad Day

Dan Caplinger
May 4, 2012

Some days, there are no winners. That was the case for the Dow Jones Industrials (INDEX: ^DJI  ) today, with all 30 member stocks losing ground on the day. The stock market plunged following this morning's weak employment report, and other economically sensitive areas fell even further, with the price of oil dropping almost 4% to finish at around $98.50 per barrel -- its lowest close in three months. The Dow ended down 1.3%.

But even on a day with no Dow winners, a few stocks held their ground pretty well. Let's look at three Dow stocks that cut their losses today.

Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG  ) , down 0.4%
P&G did exactly what you'd expect a defensive stock to do: provide shelter for risk-averse shareholders. But everything isn't rosy with the consumer-products giant.

The challenge P&G faces is that growth is still important for