The Dow Market Close for Thursday, July 05, 2012

The Dow closed down -47.15 (-0.36%) at 12,896.67.

Only 7 of the Dow 30 were up today, which included HD (+0.89%), MCD, WMT, CAT, BA, AA and DD.

Oh, guess what? Earnings season has arrived!

MCD reports earnings on 7/23/12 before the market open.

CAT reports earnings on 7/25/12 before the market open.

BA reports earnings on 7/25/12 before the market open.

AA reports earnings on 7/9/12 after the close.

DD reports earnings on 7/24/12 before the market open.

PG reports earnings on 8/2/12 before the market open.

VZ reports earnings on 7/19/12 before the market open.

MMM reports earnings on 7/26/12 before the market open.

MSFT reports earnings on 7/19/12 after the close.

TRV reports earnings on 7/19/12 before the market open.

AXP reports earnings on 7/18/12 after the close.

IBM reports earnings on 7/18/12 after the close.

KFT reports earnings on 8/2/12 before the market open.

JNJ reports earnings on 7/17/12 before the market open.

MRK reports earnings on 7/27/12 before the market open.

UTX reports earnings on 7/18/12 before the market open.

GE reports earnings on 7/20/12 before the market open.

T reports earnings on 7/24/12 before the market open.

XOM reports earnings on 7/26/12 before the market open.

PFE reports earnings on 7/31/12 before the market open.

KO reports earnings on 7/17/12 before the market open.

INTC reports earnings on 7/17/12 after the close.

CVX reports earnings on 7/27/12 before the market open.

BAC reports earnings on 7/18/12 before the market open.

JPM reports earnings on 7/13/12 before the market open.

Tomorrow, we have the jobs report which will probably be lackluster. Got to wait to find out though. Only the truth will set you free.

Mortgage rates fell again this week, smashing previous record lows, so says mortgage giant Freddie Mac. The rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate loan dropped 0.04 percentage points to 3.62%. The 15-year fixed fell 0.5 percentage points to 2.89%. I for one will be heading to my bank to refinance too.

The dollar was up against the euro, British pound and Japanese yen.

Oil for August delivery slipped 44 cents, settling at $87.22 a barrel.

Gold futures for August delivery dropped $12.40 to $1,609.40 an ounce.

The price on the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury rose, pushing the yield down to 1.60% from 1.63% late Tuesday.

Only Wal-Mart hung onto a 52 week high today.

New High of the Day – Wal-Mart (WMT).

Note: It was a boring summer session trading day.

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