Stock Market Today – MSFT and CISCO biggest loser while AXP big winner

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(Best Syndication News) Stock markets around the world were lower today with a couple exceptions (see stock charts below).

Dow Jones

The Dow Jones Industrial Average index fell 47.38 points (-0.38%) to 12,548.37. Of the 30 Dow constituents, 21 of them were lower (see Dow Constituent Chart Below).

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) was the biggest loser on the Dow Monday. The share price fell 46 cents (-1.84%) to $24.57. There are rumors that the company may be interested in buying Nokia’s phone business.

Microsoft is now allowing users to log into their Facebook account on Bing to personalize their search around friends.

American Express Company (NYSE:AXP) hit a 52 week high today. The share price was up 58 cents (+1.17%) to $50.07. Last week the stock was lower every single day. It is unclear why the stock advanced.

S&P 500 and Nasdaq

Discover Financial Services (Public, NYSE:DFS) was up 83 cents (3.42%) to $25.07. The company said that credit card borrowers were more making the payments in a timelier manner in April. They also said that they have charged-off fewer loans.

The S&P 500 fell 8.30 points (-0.62%) to 1,329.47. Only the health care sector was higher Monday (see sector chart below). The financial sector was down 0.12 percent and consumer discretionary was down 1.42 percent.

The Standard and Poor’s Investment Thesis this week found that Neenah Paper, Inc. (NYSE:NP) was a good investment. “Over the past several years, Neenah has made significant changes to its business mix, which we believe will lead to sustainably higher profit margins, lower interest costs, and more stable profitability”, Stuart Benway, CFA, the Paper & Forest Products Equity Analyst for S&P said Monday.

The NP share price fell 35 cents (-1.54%) to $22.40 Monday.

The Nasdaq composite index fell 46.16 (-1.63%) to 2,782.31.

By: Dan Wilson

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Stock Markets:


Monday U.S. Markets 1 Day 1 Day 30-Day 100-Day 100-Day
5/16/2011 Pt Change % Change % Change % Change Min
12,548.37 Dow Jones Industrial Avg -47.38 -0.38% 1.25% 8.40% 11,569.71
1,329.47 S&P 500 -8.30 -0.62% -0.24% 5.64% 1,256.88
2,782.31 Nasdaq Composite Index -46.16 -1.63% -0.32% 4.48% 2,616.82
Monday World Market Indexes 1 Day 1 Day 30-Day 100-Day 100-Day
16-May-11 Pt Change % Change % Change % Change Min
138.96 DJ Asian Titans 50 -2.16 -1.53% -1.58% -3.83% 104.32
2165.57 The Global Dow -11.78 -0.54% -1.57% 4.27% 2,062.53
9,558.30 Nikkei 225 Japan -90.47 -0.94% -0.60% -7.13% 8,605.15
2,849.95 Shanghai China -21.92 -0.76% -3.95% 4.28% 2,677.43
22,960.63 Hang Seng Hong Kong -315.64 -1.36% -4.93% 1.50% 22,284.43
2619.08 Dow Stoxx - 50 Europe -0.08 0.00% -0.29% -0.66% 2,466.49
2881.31 DJ Euro Stoxx - 50 Europe -13.29 -0.46% -2.36% 2.02% 2,721.24
5,923.69 FTSE 100 England -2.18 -0.04% -1.39% -1.42% 138.97
3,989.82 CAC 40 France -29.03 -0.72% -1.28% 3.40% 2,146.77
7,387.54 DAX Germany -15.77 -0.21% 2.96% 5.96% 6,513.84
4,650.00 S&P ASX 200 Australia -61.40 -1.30% -5.10% -2.66% 4,528.70
18,345.03 BSE Sensex Bombay India -186.25 -1.01% -6.82% -8.39% 17,463.04
62,829.68 Brazil Bovespa Stock Index -405.62 -0.64% -10.03% -7.66% 62,829.68
13,391.35 Canada S&P/TSX 14.19 0.11% -6.16% 0.06% 13,245.12

Dow Constituents:


Monday Dow Constituents One Day One Day 100-Day 100-Day 100-Day
5/16/2011 Name Symbol Point Ch. % Change % Change Max Min
24.57 Microsoft Corporation MSFT (0.46) -1.84% -13.18% 28.87 24.57
16.6 Cisco Systems, Inc. CSCO (0.28) -1.66% -15.69% 22.05 16.6
77.77 The Boeing Company BA (1.26) -1.59% 19.54% 79.95 64.75
39.8 Hewlett-Packard Co HPQ (0.61) -1.51% -4.65% 48.99 39.75
40.93 The Walt Disney Co DIS (0.59) -1.42% 8.57% 44.07 37.36
31.06 AT&T Inc. T (0.35) -1.11% 6.37% 31.86 27.33
16.92 Alcoa Inc. AA (0.18) -1.05% 10.30% 18.13 15.13
34.54 Kraft Foods Inc. KFT (0.35) -1.00% 8.34% 34.89 30.49
80.24 Exxon Mobil Corp XOM (0.63) -0.78% 9.62% 87.98 73.01
36.97 Verizon Communication VZ (0.29) -0.78% 4.32% 38.61 34.3
101.65 Chevron Corporation CVX (0.74) -0.72% 12.10% 109.66 90.12
19.76 General Electric Co GE (0.13) -0.65% 9.53% 21.52 18.04
42.88 JPMorgan Chase & Co. JPM (0.27) -0.63% 1.90% 48 42.08
168.86 Intl. Business Machines IBM (1.06) -0.62% 15.74% 172.87 145.34
11.86 Bank of America... BAC (0.07) -0.59% -9.19% 15.25 11.86
95.46 3M Company MMM (0.55) -0.57% 10.40% 97.23 86.14
67.83 The Coca-Cola Co KO (0.35) -0.51% 3.43% 68.31 61.6
66.37 Johnson & Johnson JNJ (0.25) -0.38% 6.62% 67.19 57.66
106.09 Caterpillar Inc. CAT (0.24) -0.23% 12.32% 115.41 92.75
88.88 United Technologies... UTX (0.10) -0.11% 11.80% 90 78.33
36.98 The Home Depot, Inc. HD (0.03) -0.08% 5.39% 38.48 34.38
52.92 E.I. du Pont DD 0.01 0.02% 6.33% 56.79 48.12
66.94 The Procter & Gamble... PG 0.08 0.12% 2.61% 66.94 59.73
20.98 Pfizer Inc. PFE 0.06 0.29% 19.14% 21.02 17.49
81.14 McDonald's Corporation MCD 0.40 0.50% 5.43% 81.14 72.67
37.3 Merck & Co., Inc. MRK 0.22 0.59% 2.78% 37.35 31.08
56.06 Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. WMT 0.34 0.61% 4.59% 57.57 51.37
62.94 The Travelers Co TRV 0.61 0.98% 13.45% 64.05 53.33
23.64 Intel Corporation INTC 0.23 0.98% 13.44% 23.7 19.49
50.07 American Express Co AXP 0.58 1.17% 17.07% 50.2 42.36

S&P Sectors:


Monday Sector Name One-Day One-Week 30-Day 100-Day 100-Day
5/16/2011 % Change % Change % Change % Change Low
544.23 Energy -0.80% -4.19% -8.00% 9.17% 498.52
239.43 Materials -0.37% -4.38% -4.97% 0.99% 230.09
324.42 Industrials -0.40% -2.54% -1.43% 7.95% 300.54
315.83 Consumer Discretionary -1.42% -2.06% 1.53% 5.91% 293.13
330.34 Consumer Staples -0.04% 1.10% 6.12% 8.86% 296.08
417.2 Health Care 0.11% 0.53% 7.67% 13.91% 364.17
211.82 Financials -0.12% -2.99% -4.72% -0.52% 211.82
417.36 Info Tech -1.52% -2.90% 0.54% 2.82% 397.07
133.81 Telecom Svc -0.82% -1.59% 0.34% 5.16% 121.27
171.54 Utilities 0.00% 0.19% 5.27% 8.02% 156.07
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