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The Dow Is Falling. Is the Sky Next?

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Jessica Alling
February 4, 2013

Oh, how quickly the highs of last week disintegrated. Opening 58 points lower than it closed on Friday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEX: ^DJI) continues to fall as the morning progresses. New economic and global concerns are making investors concerned, forcing them to consider whether the record highs were justified. Regardless, there are a few companies that just won't quit, while others take the plunge along with the index.

Concerns
Factory order information for the month of December was released this morning. And though the news was positive, with a 1.8% increase from November, the growth did not meet analyst expectations of 2.2%. Additionally, orders for core capital goods, a category measured as a proxy of  business investment plans, fell 0.3% in December after 3%-plus growth in both October and November.

Concerns over the European Union have sprung up once again. With political unease lingering in Spain and Italy creating more worries over EU volatility, U.S. investors have matched the European market's retreat. As elections for Italy's premier are scheduled for later in the month, investors should expect to see more market movement driven by political concerns.

Winning despite the fall
Regardless of the Dow's drop, two of the index's components are up big so far today.

Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO) introduced a new line of products this morning, designed to improve data flow in both data centers and cloud environments. With its new product innovation, Cisco is continuing to deliver on its Unified Data Center initiative, where it looks to create simplified operations, more agile infrastructure, and improved use