Stocks Turn Lower, Adding to Tuesday's Losses

The Treasury market has also turned negative after posting early gains.
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Stocks didn't spend much time in recovery mode after

yesterday's selloff, as the major market averages -- which opened slightly higher -- now have all slumped into the red.

The losses, so far, however, have been modest. Meanwhile, the 30-year Treasury bond was weaker, down 3/32 to 93 9/32, yielding 5.72%, giving up an earlier advance.

The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

was down 33 to 10,853.

The

S&P 500

was down 6 to 1326. The

Nasdaq Composite Index

was down 22 to 2463. The

Russell 2000

was down 2 to 430.

TheStreet.com Internet Sector

index was down 16 to 599.

Financials had been a little firmer earlier -- but leading bank and brokerage proxies have since fallen into the red. Financials suffered significant losses yesterday.

Louis Todd, head of equities trading at

J.C. Bradford

, noted that

J.P. Morgan

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,

Citigroup

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and

American Express

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were among financials that endured sizable losses yesterday. Todd said part of the reason for the selling in financials was due to portfolio managers dumping financials in order to buy

Goldman Sachs

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stock. Yesterday was the white-shoe firm's first day trading as a public company. Shares of the investment bank were giving back some of yesterday's gains this morning and the stock was down 2 7/8 to 67 1/2.

Looking ahead, Todd said the market will particularly focus on

Federal Reserve

Chairman

Alan Greenspan's

speech slated for tomorrow in Chicago. The G-Man will be delivering the keynote address at the

Chicago Fed's 35th Annual Conference on Bank Structure and Competition

. The conference, "Global Financial Crises: Implications for Banking and Regulation," runs Thursday through Friday.

On the economic front, on Friday, the April

employment report

is slated for release.

Market players will continue to keep an eye on the bond market, which has suffered some big losses lately. Todd said the action in the bond market of late has got some people worried.

Todd also said the upcoming gathering of the

Federal Open Market Committee

meeting "might be unnerving" for the market. The FOMC is scheduled to meet on May 18.

On the

New York Stock Exchange

, decliners were beating advancers 1,351 to 1,221 on 258 million shares. On the Nasdaq, losers were beating winners 1,769 to 1,383 on 283 million shares.

On the NYSE, 28 issues had set new 52-week highs while 9 had touched new lows. On the Nasdaq, 29 issues had set new highs while new lows totaled 20.

On the Big Board,

America Online

(AOL)

was most active, with 15 million shares changing hands. It was down 8 to 119 91/8.

On the Nasdaq,

Microsoft

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was most active, with 8 million shares changing hands. It was up 3/8 to 78 3/8.

10:02 a.m.: Stocks Up Slightly After Tuesday's Selloff

Stocks rose slightly in the early going in the wake of

yesterday's widespread selloff.

The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

was up 37 to 10,924.

The

S&P 500

was up 4 to 1336. The

Nasdaq Composite Index

was up 1 to 2486. The

Russell 2000

was up fractionally to 433.

TheStreet.com Internet Sector

index was down fractionally at 615.

The 30-year Treasury bond was up 7/32 to 93 21/32, yielding 5.70%.

In the news,

Procter & Gamble

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said it is in the process of soliciting bids for its

Prell

hair care brand. Procter & Gamble said if it doesn't get an acceptable offer for Prell, it will retain the brand. Procter & Gamble was up 1/2 at 92 1/4.

Goldman Sachs

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, which made a sterling trading debut yesterday, was down 1 13/16 to 68 9/16.

Most Up at Open -- NYSE

Time Warner (TWX) , up 2 7/16 to 69 1/2

.

Most Up at Open -- Nasdaq

priceline.com (PCLN) , up 7 3/16 to 141 3/16

: The company yesterday reported a first-quarter loss of 12 cents a share, a penny narrower than the

First Call

five-analyst outlook.

Most Down at Open -- NYSE

Newbridge Networks (NN) , down 9 5/16 to 27 1/2

: Newbridge yesterday warned that fiscal fourth-quarter earnings will come in around 12 to 14 cents a share. The

First Call

15-analyst forecast called for earnings of 21 cents vs. the year-ago 12 cents.

Most Down at Open -- Nasdaq

Autodesk (ADSK) - Get Report, down 4 5/8 to 23 7/8

: The company warned yesterday it sees first-quarter pro-forma earnings of 10 to 15 cents a share and diluted earnings of 2 to 5 cents a share due to customer transition in the company's product line. The First Call 10-analyst view called for a profit of 40 cents vs. the year-ago 55 cents.