NEW YORK ( TheStreet) - U.S. stocks finished Wednesday mixed after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke gave some bearish comments about Europe. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 45.57 points, or 0.35%, to 13,124.62. The S&P 500 dropped 2.63 points to 1,402.89 and the Nasdaq Composite rose 1.17 points to 3,075.32. Breadth within the Dow was negative with 19 of the index's 30 components posting losses. General Electric ( GE) finished Wednesday flat. The biggest percentage decliners in the index Wednesday were Hewlett-Packard ( HPQ), Caterpillar ( CAT) and Alcoa ( AA).
Shares of HP declined 2.17% to $23.46. The technology company is merging its PC and printer divisions in a cost-cutting move. TheStreet Ratings gives HP a C+ grade and a hold rating. Caterpillar shares lost 1.59% to $109.00. The construction company is expanding a plant in China that creates excavators. This expansion will increase capacity by about 80%. Caterpillar gets an A grade from TheStreet Ratings with a buy rating and $131.03 price target. Shares of Alcoa dropped 1.63% to $10.27. TheStreet Ratings gives Alcoa a C grade and a hold rating. The biggest percentage gainer in the index Wednesday was Home Depot ( HD). Shares rose 41 cents, or 0.83%, to $49.79. The stock also hit a 52-week high Wednesday of $49.93. TheStreet Ratings gives Home Depot an A+ grade with a buy rating and a $59.06 price target. -- Written by Alexandra Zendrian in New York. >To contact the writer of this article, click here: Alexandra Zendrian >To submit a news tip, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. >To follow the writer on Twitter, go to Alexandra Zendrian.