Today was a positive day for the market, with all three major indices closing in the black. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEX: ^DJI) spiked at the opening bell and maintained its advance, finishing up 0.78%. The S&P 500 closed up 1.11% while the Nasdaq (INDEX: ^IXIC) led the charge, gaining 1.53%.
But while the vast majority of the Dow's 30 companies were positive on the day, there were three that finished the day in the red. Boeing (NYS: BA) was the biggest Dow loser, ending down 0.24%. The company declined today despite an acknowledgement by rival Airbus that Boeing could deliver more planes in 2012, which would be the first time since 2003 that Boeing out-delivered Airbus.
One of the other Dow losers on the day was Microsoft (NAS: MSFT) , which finished down 0.09%. Microsoft reports earnings tomorrow and will hope to keep its momentum going in 2012, as the stock has gained nearly 9% so far this year. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters are expecting the company to post earnings per share of $0.76 for its fiscal second quarter, which would be one cent lower than last year's Q2 earnings. Tomorrow is a huge day for technology companies overall, with Google, Intel, and IBM reporting as well.
The final Dow loser was Verizon (NYS: VZ) , ending the day down just 0.03%. Verizon is one of the five Dow stocks that has declined this year. The stock is down nearly 3% so far in 2012.
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