Stocks Slip on Eurozone Debt Concern

Stocks dipped on Tuesday. Intel, Boeing and Bank of America led the downswing on the Dow. Crude oil tacked on $2.28 to settle at $97.43 a barrel. Brands traded lower amid European debt concern after Moody’s downgraded Ireland’s debt rating to junk level status. Meanwhile, minutes from the last FOMC meeting showed policy makers would consider a third round of economic stimulus if the recovery remained sluggish. Elsewhere, the Commerce Department said the trade gap expanded to $50.23 billion in May, from $43.63 billion in April. On a final note, Wolverine World Wide reported respectable quarterly data. The footwear, apparel and accessories retailer said net earnings hit $22.96 million, or 48 cents a share, up from $17.2 million, or 35 cents, in the same quarter a year ago.

Stocks Take a Breather

Indices closed in red territory Monday. Hewlett-Packard, Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase led Dow decliners. Alcoa kicked off earnings season by announcing favorable results. The aluminum titan said earnings hit $364 million, or 32 cents a share, up from $138.5 million, or 13 cents, a year ago. Meanwhile, oil shed $1.21 to settle at $94.99 a barrel. Looking ahead, minutes from the latest FOMC meeting are due for release later in the week.