The Dow Jones Industrial Average
Bank stocks, which had been under pressure lately over the European financial crisis and the fallout from JPMorgan Chase's
We also found out today that April's retail sales came in a bit light, growing just 0.1%. Clothing and home-improvement sales actually declined. Investors weren't taking any chances in advance of Home Depot's
Economic bellwether Alcoa
Given the troubles starting to bubble over in Europe, it's not inconceivable that we'll continue to see more economic and market volatility in the near term. It's important for us to remember, however, that as investors it's long-term performance that actually matters -- we could see some interesting bargains opening up.
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