Company NewsAfter the closing bell, Visa ( V) said it earned 97 cents a share in the third quarter, as revenues rose to $2.03 billion and payment volumes grew. Wall Street analysts were looking for a profit of 93 cents a share, according to Reuters. Tech security outfit Symantec ( V) did little to lift investors' spirits in the extended-trading session, reporting earnings of 35 cents a share, matching Street forecasts. Revenues came up short of estimates and investors sent shares plunging over 6% in late trading. Boeing ( BA), Pfizer ( PFE), Home Depot ( HD) and Alcoa ( AA) put the most pressure on the Dow, while Verizon ( VZ), Caterpillar ( CAT) and Cisco ( CSCO) were the top performers. Exxon Mobil ( XOM) was finished 0.2% higher ahead of its second-quarter earnings report due out Thursday morning. The health care sector was among session's weakest. Shares of
Commodities and the DollarFollowing the EIA's report, crude oil for September delivery settled 51 cents lower at $76.99 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodity markets, the August gold contract gained $2.40 to settle at $1,160.40 an ounce. The dollar was trading fractionally higher against a basket of currencies, with the dollar index up by 0.01%.