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Dow 30 Earnings: Coca-Cola First Quarter 2017

Robert M. Greene | 04/25/2017

The Coca-Cola Company (KO) continues to deliver lackluster results. With the release of March-quarter numbers, the beverage giant has now reported eight consecutive quarters of negative earnings comparisons. In this case, share net declined 4%, to $0.43, coming in a penny below our estimate

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Dow 30 Earnings: Caterpillar Inc. First Quarter 2017

Dominic Silva | 04/25/2017

Caterpillar (CAT) reported good first-quarter results, while boosting its full-year 2017 outlook.

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Dow 30 Earnings: 3M Company First Quarter 2017

William G. Ferguson | 04/25/2017

Diversified manufacturing giant 3M Company (MMM) got off to a good start in 2017. The Dow-30 company reported share earnings of $2.16, which was up 5.3%, year over year, and surpassed our expectation of $2.08. The biggest surprise, though, was a better-than-expected top-line performance. Indeed, the company posted sales of $7.685 billion, which represented a nearly 4% year-to-year increase and exceeded both our forecast ($7.475 billion) and the meager 0.4% advance recorded in the final quarter of 2016.

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Dow 30 Earnings: DuPont First Quarter 2017

Michael Napoli | 04/25/2017

Diversified chemicals manufacturer and Dow-30 component DuPont delivered solid first-quarter results. Performance was favorable in most segments, and moderate volume growth helped.

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Dow 30 Earnings: McDonald’s Corporation First Quarter 2017

Matthew E. Spencer | 04/25/2017

Shares of McDonald's (MCD) rose to an all-time high after the restaurant operator reported better-than-expected first-quarter results. We expected stiff competition and tough comparisons to keep things in check during the March period, especially in the United States, but management was able to pull the right levers to keep comparable-store sales positive in all regions. On our shores, the year-earlier period benefited from the launch of All Day Breakfast (that quarter also had an extra day of sales due to leap year), so we expected comps here to be negative. However, the metric rose 1.7% in the United States, as leadership's ongoing initiatives to enhance the chain's menu, convenience, and value drove sales.

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Stock Market Today: April 25, 2017

Harvey S. Katz, Robert Harrington, and Adam Rosner | 04/25/2017

The stock market put in another impressive performance today, adding to yesterday’s gains. At the close of trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was ahead about 232 points; the S&P 500 was up 14 points; and the NASDAQ was higher by 42 points. The buyers were out in force today, as advancers easily outpaced decliners on the NYSE.

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Stock Market Today: April 24, 2017

William G. Ferguson and Adam Rosner | 04/24/2017

The stock market opened sharply higher this morning and managed to maintain much of these gains through the afternoon. Much of the strength in the United States likely originated overseas. Specifically, equities in Europe rallied in response to political developments in France, and this set the stage for a solid opening on our shores. Further, Wall Street may be hoping that the Trump Administration will be able to advance a new tax plan, which would give the economy an additional boost. At the close of the session, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was ahead roughly 216 points; the S&P 500 index was up 25 points; and the NASDAQ was higher by 73 points.

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Dow 30 Earnings: General Electric First Quarter 2017

Erik M. Manning | 04/21/2017

StockHighlightsDow 30 Earnings General Electric First Quarter 2017General Electric (GE Free GE Stock Report), a huge industrial conglomerate and Dow 30 member, has reported first quarter financials that were basically on par with consensus expectations. Truth be told, the company

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Dow 30 Earnings: Visa Inc. Fiscal Second Quarter 2017

Sharif Abdou | 04/21/2017

Electronic payments processor Visa delivers strong March-period results, fueled by a surge in payments volume.

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