Updated from 11:41 a.m. EDT
The result? The Dow opened slightly lower, gradually made its way to the flat line and recently turned higher. Two hours in to the session the index was tacking on 27 points at 7868. The stocks mentioned above were three up, three down. Not bad at all. Wasn't all good. Merck was the worst percentage decliner on the Dow, falling 4.9% to $23.99. Cat was dropping 3.8% to $29.34. At the same time though, United Tech and DuPont were better by 3.7%. The best of the 30 components was General Motors ( GM), higher by 5.4% at $1.75 following reports it could be in line for another $5 billion in government aid. Even so, that's still a tricky situation. Remember? At this point, the market day still has a long way to go, but if it holds its ground after Monday's selloff and this morning's not great, not terrible results, there's not going to be much to complain about.