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The Dow Slides Further

Matt Thalman
January 8, 2013

As today officially kicks off earnings season, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEX: ^DJI) is slipping lower by 81 points, or 0.6%, while the S&P 500 (INDEX: ^GSPC) moves lower by 0.55% and the NASDAQ (INDEX: ^IXIC) is down 0.53. It seems last week's bull rally was short-lived and investors have now turned their attention to what really matters: earnings and the overall financial health of individual businesses. Long-term investors should focus more of time and research on these factors -- not the noise (or what some call the "news") that surrounds the markets daily. A perfect example of the noise that causes market moves can be seen among today's three biggest Dow losers: AT&T (NYSE: T), Verizon (NYSE: VZ), and