The Dow's Worst Day of 2012

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEX: ^DJI) had its worst day of this year as no deal arose for the Greek austerity measures and bailout package.

Index

Change

Ending Value

Dow Jones Industrial Average-89.23 [-0.69%]12,801.23
S&P 500 (INDEX: ^GSPC) -9.31 [-0.69%]1,342.64

The Dow opened down as European leaders asked for more budget cuts from Greece before signing a second bailout. Eurozone leaders also are requiring that Greek lawmakers approve a budgetary reform package in parliament that includes pension cuts, improved tax collection, and sales of state assets. A vote is expected by the Greek parliament on Sunday.

The Greek bailout discussions have been ongoing for some time now as Greece tries to avoid defaulting on 14 billion euros in bonds due in March. Greece has 330 billion euros in aggregate debt. Investors are worried that if conditions in Greece and the rest of Europe continue to worsen, the U.S. will also experience a slowdown in growth. While Bernanke has vowed that the Fed will protect the U.S. financial system, a U.S. slowdown is still a possibility.

With the Greek debt deal in continued turmoil, 29 of the 30 Dow components finished down for the day. Home Depot (NYS: HD) was the lone bright spot, finishing up $0.06 (0.13%) to $45.33. There was no particular news that caused Home Depot to finish up for the day, but maybe the stock is still reacting to the Whitehouse Science Fair Marshmallow Cannon viral video, in which Home Depot was plugged by eighth-grader Joey Hudy. Home Depot gave investors a good year in 2011 with two dividend raises and a $3 billion buyback. Fool analyst Dan Caplinger believes Home Depot could be a prime beneficiary of a resurgence in the housing market.

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