( At 6:05 p.m. EDT) The Dow Jones Industrial Average wasn't able to rise again, and the index ended Tuesday down 115.89 points, or 1.5%, at 7659.97. I'm not worrying about it, and there's no reason you should either. Let's be honest. It just wasn't a compelling session. After a day like Monday, none of us should be surprised that traders decided to pocket some of those profits. The range was only about 150 points, roughly 7647 to 7797. Only three companies rose -- DuPont ( DD), Boeing ( BA) and Kraft ( KFT), and General Electric ( GE) was unchanged. The other 26 Dow components fell. JPMorgan Chase ( JPM) had the biggest decline, falling 9% to $26.27. Bank of America ( BAC) dropped 7.8% to $7.19. BofA and Citigroup ( C) were the most actively traded issues, with more than 500 million shares changing hands in each stock. With the step back, the Dow cut its gain for the month to 8.5%. It's still up more than 1,100 points, or 17%, since March 9.
Quiet After the Rally
( At 12:35 p.m. EDT) So we're getting a little pullback. Who cares? On Monday, the Dow advanced nearly 500 points. A day later, it's down 53 points at 7723. No one should be even remotely alarmed by the action. While only seven of the 30 Dow components were higher, the damage was fairly limited. General Motors ( GM) was the worst performer on a percentage basis, losing 5.1% to $3.18. Again, no cause for concern. Since March 9, the day the Dow closed at a 12-year low, GM has doubled.