Six straight days of losses sure have a funny way of making the stock market look at lot more dangerous, don't they, folks? The Dow Jones Industrial Average
Continued anxiety over the fallout from elections in France and Greece was the main culprit, with rumors even surfacing that eurozone governments might withhold billions of pre-arranged bailout funds from Greece. Fortunately, European lawmakers eventually agreed to release most of the financing, while still withholding 1 billion euros that will be paid in June, making the situation only slightly less dysfunctional. Investor anxiety showed as well, with the market's "fear gauge," the VIX
In the news
The day brought several noteworthy stories for specific stocks. On a rough day for the market as a whole, share of SiriusXM
On the earnings front, entertainment juggernaut Disney announced a strong quarter, sending the stock north to a crisp 1.6%. Enthusiasm over the company has grown over the past several weeks as buzz around The Avengers was expected to -- and did -- translate into a stellar performance at the box office. In similar fashion, shares of consumer-products company SodaStream
What it all means
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