Another morning of gloomy headlines sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average
These storylines doomed the markets again this morning, more via speculation than actual data. In the U.S., earnings season continues to disappoint, and today Bank of America
The global economy factored heavily into these earnings drops. Emerging-market stocks dropped again and currently ride a seven-day losing streak. The culprit: more of the same. The South Korean central bank announced slower-than-expected growth and cut interest rates, while India's second-largest software exporter missed profit estimates. Low commodity prices challenge resource-rich markets like Russia and Brazil, and increasingly negative Chinese headwinds continue to worry investors.
A glimmer of hope did emerge from jobless claims dropping to a four-year low! The news comes with an asterisk, since it only reflects automakers skipping annual early July layoffs, and workers typically file for benefits during those two weeks. But the companies held onto workers because of heightened demand, and even though the jobs improvement will reverse itself as soon as next week, the demand for luxury goods like cars is a very healthy sign for the economy. Of course, an OECD report did dampen enthusiasm from the news, reminding investors of the 4% employment drop and painfully slow recovery since 2008.
One winner, one loser
Macro data generally guided the individual players as well, but drug manufacturer Merck
Tech stocks accounted for four of the five big losers in the Dow today, and Microsoft
Buffett's got the blues
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