The past week mostly continued the trend of 2012 treating investors right -- though the gains weren't nearly as pronounced as they had been through the first few weeks of the year. While positive earnings news kept Mr. Market optimistic on the whole, there were some serious concerns that weighed on investors toward the back end of the week. Europe continues to be a primary worry, and Greece in particular is causing some nail-biting as it continues its tug-of-war with private investors to work out a debt compromise. In the U.S., meanwhile, the economic outlook took a hit when the advanced reading on fourth-quarter GDP growth came in below estimates.
By the time the dust had settled, the Dow Jones Industrial Average
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Source: S&P Capital IQ. Weekly price change is Jan. 20-Jan. 27. Monthly price change is Dec. 30-Jan. 27.
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Source: S&P Capital IQ. Weekly price change is Jan. 20-Jan. 27. Includes only companies with market caps of $250 million or more.
Also among the week's worst performers were Corning
InterDigital, meanwhile, shook investors after it unsuccessfully ended its search to find a buyer. The wireless-technology company had stoked investors' expectations for a quick cash-out after it hired Evercore Partners and Barclays over the summer. While the fact that it didn't find a suitor could simply mean it was hoping for too high of a price, the announcement sent many investors running and helped push the stock down 17% for the week.
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