Here were today's closing bell levels:
S&P 500 1,120.80 -16.14 (-1.42%)
Dow 10,510.95 -114.88 (-1.08%)
Nasdaq 2,317.26 -36.97 (-1.57%)
Hewlett-Packard Company (HPQ) was down with the market ahead of earnings, but that was a macro-issue more than a fear of HP's numbers. Shares closed down 1.5% at $46.79.
VeriSign Inc. (VRSN) was up over 5% on word that its security business is about to be sold. The stocks closed up 5.2% at $28.23 on five-times normal volume.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.(WMT) was one of the few winners after earnings in the DJIA. Earnings were beaten and guidance was mixed. With a 1.85% gain to $53.71, it seems that mixed was "good enough" for today.
The Home Depot, Inc. (HD) beat earnings and gave an upbeat guidance call compared to Lowe's Companies, Inc. (LOW) on its earnings report yesterday. The market took Home Depot south as well, though. Shares were down 2.4% at $34.73 at the close for Home Depot, and Lowe's shares were down 2.2% at $24.70 at the close.