The Dow closed down -14.05 (-0.10%) at 13,881.93.
There were 12 Dow stock winners led by CAT (+1.96%), GE, PG, MCD and WMT.
Losers were led by AA (-1.44%), BA, TRV, MRK, BAC, JPM and AXP. Yep, them bank stocks were down.
The Russell 2000 and Nasdaq Composite did eek out gains today and the S&P 500 managed to stay barely above 1500 at 1500.18.
According to the Census Bureau, orders for long-lasting goods rose 4.6% in December, compared with the 1.6% rise economists had forecast.
With bonds, the yield on the 10-year Treasury note briefly rose above 2% for the first time since April 2012.
The National Association of Realtors said its index of pending home sales fell 4.3% in December. The index is based on the number of contracts signed in a month, but does not measure actual closings.
Caterpillar (CAT) said fourth-quarter earnings fell 55% to $1.04 per share, reflecting a previously disclosed $580 million charge. Excluding the one-time item, Caterpillar’s results topped analyst estimates, sending shares up +1.96%.
PG, JNJ, HD, UTX and MMM all touched 52 week highs today.
PFE reports earnings on 1/29/2013 before the market open.
BA reports earnings on 1/30/2013 before the market open.
XOM reports earnings 2/1/2013 before the market open.
CVX reports earnings 2/1/2013 before the market open.
MRK reports earnings 2/1/2013 before the market open.
DIS reports earnings 2/5/2013 after the market close.
CSCO reports earnings 2/6/2013 after the market close.