If you've been on the sidelines hoping for a chance at getting in on your favorite stocks on the cheap, your chance may be here. After moving nearly straight up for months, the stock market has finally put together a meaningful pullback, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average
But as bad as the Dow's plunge was today, several companies did worse. Here's a look at some of them.
Bank of America
B of A has had a habit of leading the market lately, whether it goes up or down. Today, though, the bank should take a back seat to some of its Spanish counterparts.
Both Banco Santander
A company in as economically sensitive an industry as construction and mining equipment should expect volatility when the market is down sharply. But Caterpillar could be among the first companies that will benefit from a better-than-expected earnings report from Alcoa to start off the first-quarter reporting season.
Caterpillar has staked its success not only on continued strength in overseas economies but also on a U.S. recovery. If that works out, then the big run-up in the company's shares will have been completely justified. But any unexpected slowdown could have Caterpillar seeing much bigger losses than the market at large.
GE also has its share of economic sensitivity. But even when the market pulls it down, the company keeps on finding ways to try to make money.
Today, GE said it will provide 288 turbines for a NextEra Energy subsidiary's wind farm in Ontario. The project, which will provide power to about 120,000 homes, is just part of GE's overarching strategy to build on its renewable-power business -- a business that has a lot of growth potential in the years and decades to come.
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