Stocks were knocked down right as the opening bell rung and have struggled to get off the mat for most of the trading session. It's the return of eurozone worries: Spanish bond yields are hitting new highs after part of the country asked for a bailout. Not surprisingly, Banco Santandar (NYS: SAN) has sold off nearly 8% on the day. Meanwhile, record-high prices for Treasuries have pushed even the 20-year bonds into negative real yield territory while the five-year bonds now are guaranteed to lose 1.2% for investors.
U.S. debt, on the other hand, continues to be perceived as a safe haven.
That said, let's see how the three major indexes are faring and check out several stocks making headlines.
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Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEX: ^DJI)
Source: Yahoo! Finance as of 2:25 p.m.
The Nasdaq is declining worse than the Dow and S&P 500, giving back some of its recent gains. Oil is down $1.50 and the VIX (INDEX: ^VIX) volatility index is up almost 8% after several days of declines. Other notable decliners today include Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYS: CMG) . Before today's shocking 20% decline, Chipotle seemed to go nowhere but up. Revenue increased 21% and income grew an impressive 61%. However, same-store sales growth of only 8% spooked investors paying over 50 times earnings for the growth story.
Meanwhile, all but two of the Dow components, Wal-Mart and General Electric (NYS: GE) , are in negative territory for the day. Wal-Mart is up on no news, while GE reported second-quarter earnings this morning.
GE can thank that great quarter for its 2.5% gain. Investors are also excited about the conglomerate's energy initiative. By reorganizing the $50 billion unit into three separate segments, decision-making should be streamlined and more effective. GE went on an acquisition spree in the energy sector and clearly sees this segment as a key future growth driver. Meanwhile GE managed to top analyst estimates and forecast double-digit bottom-line growth for 2012.
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