NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- U.S. stocks were falling midday Tuesday ahead of the afternoon release of the minutes from the Federal Reserve's mid-March policy meeting. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 48.89 points to 13,215.60. Leading the Dow lower were Bank of America ( BAC), Microsoft ( MSFT) and Exxon Mobil ( XOM).
Shares of Bank of America fell 1.34% to $9.55. The bank has been the best-performing stock in the Dow year to date, gaining almost 72% so far in 2012. TheStreet Ratings gives Bank of America a C- grade and a hold rating. Exxon shares lost 1.15% to $86.07. TheStreet Ratings gives Exxon Mobil a B+ grade with a buy rating and a $103.63 price target. Shares of Microsoft fell 1.32% to $31.86. UBS analysts raised their price target for Microsoft to $36 from $33 on Monday. TheStreet Ratings gives Microsoft an A grade with a buy rating and a $37.10 price target. The biggest gainers in the index were American Express ( AXP) and McDonald's ( MCD). Neither stock was gaining more than 1%. -- Written by Alexandra Zendrian >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.