When the stock market gets in a rut, it can stay there for quite a while. That's certainly been the case this month, as concerns about Europe and the U.S. economic recovery have pushed stocks sharply lower. That trend continued today, as weaker-than-expected figures on private-sector job growth and a reduction in the initial estimate of U.S. GDP in the first quarter from 2.2% to 1.9% weighed on the market. Around 10:55 a.m. EDT, the Dow Jones Industrials
Within the Dow, stocks acted fairly predictably in response to the poor economic news. Caterpillar
But some companies are positioned to benefit from a slowdown. Wal-Mart
Looking past the Dow, Facebook
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