One glance at the market's performance makes it look like something terrible happened over the weekend. Yet unless you're a Greek soccer fan, it's hard to point to anything terribly new that's giving investors heartburn. Sure, Europe is still up in the air, with the European Union having its summit later this week. And health-care investors are waiting impatiently for the Supreme Court's ruling on health-care reform. But none of that is particularly new -- yet the Dow Jones Industrials
As usual, the banking and construction areas of the Dow were hit hardest, with Bank of America
Meanwhile, Caterpillar's decline seems to be due simply to the troubles throughout the global economy. The construction equipment giant may not be entirely reliant on Europe, but it still counts on European demand to drive production in the U.S. as well as China and other faster-growing areas of the world. Just as General Electric
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