Dow Jones Industrial Average Slumps Today on Poor Retail Earnings

The Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted more than 100 points on Tuesday after a sharp selloff in retail stocks rattled the markets.

Here are today's closing numbers:

Dow Jones Industrial Average: 16,374.31, -0.83%
S&P 500: 1,872.84, -0.65%
Nasdaq: 4,096.89, -0.70%

Now here are the top stories from the stock market today:

  • Sneak Peak for Tomorrow: During a speech today, New York Fed President William Dudley might have offered insight into what to expect from the release of the Federal Open Market Committee minutes tomorrow. Dudley said the U.S. Federal Reserve will likely increase rates at an incremental pace, with the market's performance in mind. Dudley suggested that if an interest rate hike has little impact on the market, the central bank may accelerate the pace of future increases.
  • dow jones industrial averageCan You Hear Me Now: The Federal Communications Commission has ordered Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) to pay a $7.5 million fine for violating the nation's Do-Not-Call list regulations. This is the largest fine ever issued by the federal agency over Do-Not-Call rules. In addition to the fine, Sprint must implement a two-year program to conform with FCC standards.
  • Blame It on the Weather: The retail onslaught continued on Tuesday. Headlining the carnage were shares of Staples Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS), which plunged more than 12% on news that the office-supply company missed quarterly estimates by $0.03 per share. Quarterly revenues slumped by 3% and profits by 43% in the first quarter.
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  • Housing Slumping: According to housing aggregator Zillow, more than 18.8% of U.S. homeowners with a mortgage, or almost 10 million households, were still underwater on their payments at the end of the first quarter. The hardest hit cities by the trend were Las Vegas, Atlanta, Orlando, Chicago, and Tampa.

  • Another Day, Another Recall: This morning, General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) announced another vehicle recall over safety concerns. The company is pulling back another 2.4 million vehicles, its 29th recall in 2014. Shares slipped more than 3.5% on the news. Last week, GM agreed to a $35 million fine in relation to its failures to report an ignition switch problem that led to at least 13 deaths in recent years.
  • Tablet Wars: This afternoon, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) unveiled its new Surface Pro 3 Tablet, which includes a larger screen than rival Apple Inc.'s (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPad. Since the appointment of its new chief executive officer, Microsoft has aggressively courted customers looking to trade in their clunky laptops for sleeker tablets.
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Garrett Baldwin is a globally recognized research economist, financial writer, consultant, and political risk analyst with decades of trading experience and degrees in economics, cybersecurity, and business from Johns Hopkins, Purdue, Indiana University, and Northwestern.

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