The Dow Jones Industrial Average, down three times in four sessions, fell by 45.6 points, 0.35%, at 13,125. About half of all blue-chip components traded in positive territory, led by Coca-Cola ( KO), Home Depot ( HD) and American Express ( AXP). The biggest intraday laggards included Hewlett-Packard ( HPQ), Alcoa ( AA) and Caterpillar ( CAT). The S&P 500 ticked down 2.6 points, or 0.19%, at 1403. The Nasdaq inched higher 1.2 points, or 0.04%, at 3075 after Oracle ( ORCL) reported robust first-quarter earnings.
NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- U.S. stocks finished mixed Wednesday after a disappointing read on the housing market and bearish comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Europe.
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