Here Are 4 Hot Things to Know About Stocks Right Now

  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell on Tuesday, down for a fifth session. That marked its longest losing streak since March 2017.
  • Leading laggards on the Dow were 3M Co. , Caterpillar and Travelers Cos.
  • The Nasdaq was down for a fourth day, its longest losing streak since February.
  • The Dow is now more than 2,500 points below its all-time high reached on Jan. 26.

Wall Street Overview

Stocks finished sharply lower on Tuesday, April 24, as earnings from Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) - Get Report , despite rising, disappointed investors as the heavy machinery maker said material cost increases this year likely will come in above estimates because of higher steel prices.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI)   tumbled 424 points, or 1.74%, to 24,024. The S&P 500 (^GSPC)   fell 1.34%, and the Nasdaq (^IXIC) was down 1.7%.

Market sentiment was clouded by developments in the bond market, where benchmark U.S. Treasury bond yields hit 3% on Tuesday for the first time since January 2014.

"The 10-year inching above 3% is a symbolically important milestone, but it's not all that surprising," said Mike Loewengart, E*Trade's vice president of investment strategy. "The (Federal Reserve) has been nothing if not transparent, telegraphing its rate agenda while methodically shedding balance sheet weight. That doesn't mean there may not be some dicey moments ahead. But for now, it seems like the economy is holding up and healthy enough to take a few punches."

Caterpillar fell 6.3% after Chief Financial Officer Bradley Halverson said the company expects "steel to be a headwind all year."

Shares of Google parent Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL) - Get Report  fell 4.7% on Tuesday after the search giant easily beat first-quarter earnings and revenue expectations but concerns about rising costs muted the positive reaction from investors..

TheStreet's Eric Jhonsa noted how traffic acquisition costs - the ad revenue-sharing payments Google makes to the likes of phone OEMs, carriers and publishers - remained a real headwind. For the second quarter in a row, TAC equaled 24% of Google's ad revenue vs. 22% a year earlier. Johna also said elevated hardware/service costs were raising eyebrows.

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3M Co. (MMM) - Get Report beat analysts' expectations on the top line and met them on the bottom line for the first quarter, reporting earnings of $2.50 a share on revenue of $8.3 billion. But the stock tanked 6.8%.

Shares of Coca-Cola Co. (KO) - Get Report  were down 2% after the beverage giant reported first-quarter earnings and sales that beat Wall Street forecasts.

Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) - Get Report topped first-quarter earnings forecasts on Tuesday, amid reports the Department of Justice was investigating whether the company and other telecoms are developing technology standards that would allow them to lock some devices. Verizon shares rose 2%.

United Technologies Inc. (UTX) - Get Report topped first-quarter analysts' expectations and raised its outlook for top- and bottom-line results for 2018, noting strong sales at its Pratt & Whitney and UTC Aerospace units. The stock was down 1%.

Eli Lilly & Co. (LLY) - Get Report  reported first-quarter adjusted earnings of $1.34 a share, higher than estimates of $1.13. The company also raised its outlook for 2018 earnings. The stock traded down 0.15%.

Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT) - Get Report fell 6% despite beating Wall Street estimates for the first quarter and raising full-year guidance.

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