The Dow Beats Back Weekly Losses

After two days of pretty bad losses, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is back on track today. As of 2:15 p.m. EST, the index has risen 60 points, or 0.5%. Most stocks are solidly in the green today, with just a few laggards keeping the index down from bigger gains. One notable bank and recent top Dow performer, however, is wrecking its investors' day.

Down goes B of A
Don't look now, Bank of America shareholders, but this stock has slid more than 4% on the day. Credit Suisse Group AG cut the bank's rating earlier, and the bank also went on to sell $6 billion worth of debt Tuesday. Even with the losses, however, shares of B of A are still up more than 91% over the past 52 weeks. The bank was one of the best-performing stocks in the Dow last year.

On the other side of the index, Boeing is leading all Dow members higher following two consecutive days of losses sparked by problems with its 787 aircraft. An Oppenheimer analyst came out and dismissed fears about the aircraft today, saying he considered them part of the process of rolling out new aircraft that have been attracting media attention. Japan Airlines, one of the carriers affected by the problems of the past two days, has said that it has no plans to alter orders of the 787 for now -- perhaps proving the optimists right.

So far, Boeing's stock has picked up 3%.

Hewlett-Packard continues its recent rise today. Shares of the tech giant have gained 2.1% to bring  gains in the past month to nearly 9%. With the stock losing so much value, bargain-hunting investors are looking for a cheap, well-known company in hopes of a turnaround. However, as HP continues to deal with the fallout of its massive Autonomy writedown while navigating the stormy waters of the declining PC market, there's little value to be had here. Over the past 52 weeks, the stock has lost more than 41%.

Finally, Alcoa has done little today despite a better-than-expected earnings report yesterday. The aluminum manufacturer beat revenue projections by nearly $300 million and posted a quarterly profit -- better than the loss posted a year ago. The shares sit at breakeven for the day.

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