Dow Lags Its Stock Market Peers
After falling 187 points, the Dow Jones Industrial Average would pare losses to settle down 80 points, or 0.3%, at 26,516.43. The blue-chip index opened sharply lower, reflecting a volatile pre-market for Dow futures.
The broad S&P 500 Index of large-cap stocks rose 0.2% to 2,932.49, where it was trading just below record highs. Six of 11 primary sectors reported gains, led by communication services. Health care stocks also outperformed the broader market.
Upbeat quarterly results from technology companies like Facebook Inc. (FB) and Microsoft Corp (MSFT) propelled the Nasdaq Composite Index higher. The technology bellwether climbed 0.4% to 8,136.33, a new record high.
3M Co’s Brutal Quarter Pounds DJIA
Shares of Dow blue-chip 3M Co plunged more than 13% on Thursday after the industrial giant reported dismal quarterly results, prompting it to slash yearly guidance and lay off 2,000 workers worldwide.
The Minnesota-based company reported per-share earnings of $2.23 for the first quarter on revenue of $7.863 billion. Analysts in a Refinitiv survey forecast an EPS of $2.49 on $8.025 billion in sales. Slower sales in the Asia-Pacific region and a litigation-related pretax charge of $548 million were the main factors behind the slowdown.
As a result of the weak start to 2019, 3M said it expects adjusted full-year earnings to be between $9.25 and $9.75 per share, down sharply from a prior range of $10.45 to $10.90 per share.
Elsewhere on the earnings front, Facebook Inc. (FB) reported much better than expected profits and revenues in the first quarter thanks to the success of its Stories feature. Meanwhile, Microsoft Corp (MSFT) crossed the $1 trillion value mark after posting market-beating financial results.
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