The weak results dragged down other bank stocks with Bank of America ( BAC) losing 5.5% by the close, making it the worst performer in the Dow. The Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF ( XLF) shed 2.3% to $12.45. Technology was one of the few sectors to advance Thursday with Intel ( INTC), Cisco Systems ( CSCO) and IBM ( IBM) among the Dow's top performers. Nineteen of the blue-chip index's 30 components finished lower. Export growth in China slowed to its weakest pace in seven months in September. Meanwhile, the U.S. trade gap was unchanged even as its trade deficit with China rose to a record high. Also in U.S. economic news, lackluster initial jobless claims continued to confirm a small improvements in the jobs market. The number of Americans filing unemployment claims came in at 404,000 for the week ended Oct. 8, down 1,000 from last week. Despite the rally in the past week as Eurozone leaders signaled they are working to deliver on promises to stabilize the region, investors are still waiting for further details from a policy meeting on Oct. 23. "Disappointment risk is still high and we require policies which tackle the underlying structural weaknesses along with the banking sector," says UBS analyst Chris Walker. On Thursday, Slovakia agreed to contribute more to the European Financial Stability Facility, helping to expand the bailout fund to €440 billion ($604 billion) from €250 billion. The country is the last of the 17-member eurozone group to give expansion the green light, which came after political gridlock in the Slovak parliament earlier in the week threatened to delay the reform. London's FTSE lost 0.7%, and Germany's DAX finished 1.3% lower. Overnight, Asian markets advanced. Japan's Nikkei Average closed 1% higher, and Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 2.3%.