Today was not a good day for the stock market. As Fool analyst Eric Bleeker explained in greater detail earlier today, Europe is still struggling to solve its problems, with the latest potential obstacle being whether the European Stability Mechanism can survive a challenge in a German court. Given the market's advances over the past several weeks, anything short of a complete victory could knock stocks for a loop. That uncertainty was partially responsible for today's drop, which, at one point, sent the Dow Jones Industrials
But there were a couple rays of light amid the darkness. Merck
On a similar theme, Procter & Gamble
Finally, Johnson & Johnson
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