The market was basically flat today. The Dow Jones Industrial Average
Bellwether shipper FedEx reported its first-quarter earnings this morning, but it was the company's outlook that had folks talking -- and shares down 3%. On concerns over the global economy, FedEx lowered its fiscal 2013 earnings outlook to between $6.20 and $6.60 a share, from $6.90 to $7.40. The company also lowered its estimate for 2013 U.S. GDP growth from 2.4% to 1.9% and warned about weakness in Chinese exports. Europe continues to be a concern as well. That said, take any economic prognostications with a grain of salt.
In your mandatory daily Apple update, shares ended the day above $700 for the first time, after hitting the mark for the first time in intraday trading yesterday. Although FedEx doesn't think the iPhone 5 launch will be enough to save global shipping, Apple's trying its darnedest!
On Wall Street, longtime Goldman Sachs CFO David Viniar will retire January. He'll be succeeded by Harvey M. Schwartz, who is currently co-head of the securities division.
FedEx and Apple were the biggest headline makers today, but if you're looking for solid investing ideas beyond the daily news, check out our free report: "The 3 Dow Stocks Dividend Investors Need." It features three of the most unassailable businesses in America. Find out their names now.
Anand Chokkavelu owns shares of Apple, Ford, and Microsoft. The Motley Fool owns shares of Microsoft, Apple, and Ford. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Apple, Ford, FedEx, Goldman Sachs, and Microsoft, creating a bull call spread position in Apple, creating a synthetic covered call position in Microsoft, and creating a synthetic long position in Ford. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.
More from The Motley Fool
Does a Strong Start Make 2018 a Sure Winner for Stocks?
Find out whether the so-called "January effect" is real.
Meet the 2018 Dogs of the Dow
Learn the basics of this simple dividend-investing strategy.
The Dow's Worst Day in 2017
Even with big gains, there were some scary times for the average.