RRD), whose stock finished down less than 1%. Regardless of where the fault lies, the actual results were very bad, adding to general investor apprehension about third-quarter earnings season, which has been at best a mixed bag. Google's non-GAAP earnings came in a $3.01 billion, or $9.03 a share, far below the average estimate of analysts polled by Thomson Reuters for a profit of $10.65 a share. Revenue excluding traffic acquisition costs came in at $11.33 billion for the quarter vs. the consensus view of $11.86 billion. Aside from the Google noise, traders also grappled with a soft read on labor market conditions and nervousness ahead of a two-day summit of European Union leaders in Brussels. The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished down 8 points, or 0.06%, at 13,549. The blue-chip index, which ranged less than 80 points during the session, snapped a four-day winning streak. Breadth within the Dow was positive with winners ahead of losers, 18 to 11, with Procter & Gamble ( PG) finishing flat. The sharpest decliners among the blue chips were American Express ( AXP), IBM ( IBM), McDonald's ( MCD) and JPMorgan ( JPM). AmEx shares lost nearly 3% after the credit card company came up a bit short on the top line with its third-quarter results. The biggest percentage gainers were DuPont ( DD), Johnson & Johnson ( JNJ), Merck ( MRK), Travelers ( TRV) and Verizon ( VZ). Shares of Travelers rose 3.6% after the insurance and financial services giant posted a record quarterly operating profit of $2.22 a share, blowing past the average analyst estimate of $1.61 a share, with results driven by lower catastrophe losses and higher underlying underwriting results. Verizon's stock got a 2.4% boost after the communications company reported a quarterly profit of $1.59 billion, or 56 cents a share, compared with $1.37 billion, or 49 cents a share a year earlier. Revenue came in at $29 billion, up from $27.91 billion last year. Excluding items, earnings came in at 64 cents a share. Analysts were calling for earnings of 64 cents a share in the September-ended period on revenue of $29 billion. Microsoft ( MSFT) finished slightly lower and was extending losses in after-hours trading after its fiscal first-quarter report, which showed a year-over-year decline in operating income amid slow PC demand ahead of the company's Windows 8 launch. The S&P 500 gave back nearly 4 points, or 0.24%, to close at 1457, while the Nasdaq dropped more than 31 points, or 1.01%, to settle at 3073.