With a break from the onslaught of U.S. economic data and policy that has dominated the stock market's movements over the past week, investors seem to be turning their attention once more to global concerns. With slowing growth hitting China, higher bond rates in Spain, and soaring unemployment in Greece, it's easy to think that big problems affecting the U.S. are inevitable. By 10:45 a.m. EDT, the Dow Jones Industrials
But a few Dow stocks had some very good news for investors and saw their shares rise as a result. Merck
Meanwhile, Procter & Gamble
More downside to come?
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