The Dow Jones Industrials
Even though the only "winning" going on today had more in line with Charlie Sheen than the 1996 Chicago Bulls, let's go through some of the top performances.
Networking company Cisco overcame today's broad-based weakness to post a 1.27% gain on the day, leading all Dow components. While the relative outperformance was a likely reversion to the mean following a sharp sell-off last week, it's an encouraging sign that shares have perhaps found near-term support at current levels. Joining Cisco in positive territory today was pharmaceutical giant Merck, rising 0.45%. With Treasuries trading at record low yields, Merck's hefty 4.4% dividend yield and health-care exposure provided a relatively defensive safe haven for investors looking for limited risk and yield.
Away from the Dow, shares of Groupon
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