Consumer-Facing Stocks Led the Dow Lower


Even though European officials agreed to a bailout for Cyprus, the terms of the agreement raised concerns with investors today. The small island nation will receive 10 billion euros, which will help recapitalize banks there. Well, all but the country's second-largest bank, which will be shut down. The agreement not only calls for the closure of the bank but depositors with more than 100,000 euros will likely lose a large portion of their money.

The reason a country with a GDP of roughly $22 billion and fewer than 1 million citizens matters is that many fear the bailout model being demonstrated in Cyprus will soon become the model for all European bailouts. That fear could put stress on banks in Spain, Italy, and Greece if citizens begin pulling funds from financial institutions in those countries.

With all the fear and uncertainty circling the markets today, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed lower by 64 points, or 0.44%, and now sits at 14,447. The other major indexes performed slightly better as the S&P 500 closed lower by 0.33% and the Nasdaq dropped 0.3% today.

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Shares of Walt Disney fell 1% this afternoon on the heels of a report that the board of directors of Hulu was looking for a buyer. Disney and News Corp. own the streaming video service, which has more than 3 million paying subscribers and generated $700 million in revenue last year.

Reports indicate that there are several buyers interested, but as we have seen in the past, if the price is not right, Hulu's board will reject the offer. In 2011, a buyout offer was rejected. The possibility that Disney and News Corp. would each buy the other out has also been floated.

McDonald's also ended the day lower by 1.04%. Business Insiderreportedly received a copy of an internal memo today, which paints a defensive picture of the burger king. The memo discusses the initial launch of McDonald's McWrap, and claims that 22% of customers ages 18-32 would likely eat at Subway if McDonald's didn't offer the wrap. The company calls the wrap a "subway buster" and claims that the millennial age group wants variety and options. The wrap supposedly will give customers choices and the ability to customize their meal.

But the most shocking and damaging information for investors was that the memo stated that "McDonald's was not in the top 10 of millennial's (age 18-32) favorite restaurants." This is a large demographic and one that McDonald's needs to attract if it wants to remain the No. 1 fast-food restaurant for the next 10, 20, 50 years.

Johnson & Johnson lost 0.08% today after it announced a recall for its OneTouch Verio IQ blood glucose meters. The LifeScan unit of J & J, which makes and markets the device, said that at extremely high blood glucose levels, the device shuts off and does not give any warning to the user. My Fool colleague Brian Orelli goes further into the problem, which you can read by clicking here.

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