All 30 Dow stocks participated in yesterday's big rally in the wake of the European Central Bank's decision to support its weaker economies through a bond-purchasing program. Yet although the impact of a stronger Europe is unquestionably positive for U.S. stocks, that doesn't mean the stock market is going to move straight up from here. Even with troubling employment data, the Dow Jones Industrials
Still, many stocks weren't able to hold on to all their gains from yesterday. Poor earnings forecasts were the primary factor behind two of the big losers on the day. Kraft
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