Why the Dow Couldn't Keep Up Today

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In today's edition, industrials editor and analyst Brendan Byrnes discusses the Dow's interesting day today. The blue-chip index dropped in early trading on disappointing Japanese export data and more concerns about Greece and a potential new bailout for the country. But the tide started to turn this afternoon, when minutes from the Federal Reserve's July 31-Aug. 1 meeting were released. The minutes indicated that further stimulus action from the Fed is possible "fairly soon." That was enough to drag the S&P 500 into positive territory, though the Dow's comeback fell just short.

Individually, Hewlett-Packard was the biggest loser on the Dow today, dropping 3.6% ahead of earnings. The stock gained some of that back after hours following an earnings report that beat expectations, though revenue was slightly disappointing. Outside the Dow, Zynga rose 10% after being upgraded by JPM Securities. Still, this is a stock that Brendan thinks long-term investors should stay far, far away from. Check out the following video for more on the Dow's day, and which other stocks made headlines today.

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