Markets suffered another setback on Thursday. Ken Meyers has your stock market report on the Acadiana Business Index.

  • The Dow closed at its lowest level in five months as it lost over 28 points to 12542. The S&P 500 Index declined 2 points to 1353 and the NASDAQ gave up nearly 10 points to 2836.
  • Stocks were under pressure throughout the day amid disappointing economic data.
  • Jobless claims widely missed expectations and rose to the highest level since April 2011.
  • Regional manufacturing reports added to the negative tone as factory activity in both the mid-Atlantic and New York region unexpectedly contracted in November.
  • News that the euro zone slipped into its second recession in four years also put a damper on sentiment.
  • Investors also took a cautious approach ahead of Friday’s opening talks on taxes and spending between President Obama and Congress.
  • As a result, the majority of sectors finished lower. Telecommunication and material shares paced the decline as Verizon fell 54 cents to $51.70 and Alcoa lost 8 cents to $8.05. Technology was also a big laggard with Apple extending its recent slide as it dropped $11.12 to $525.80.
  • Overall, NYSE Composite volume totaled over 3.8 billion shares. The NYSE was 2-1 negative on issues and 3-2 negative on volume. On the NASDAQ, decliners beat advancers by 8-5 on issues and by 6-5 on volume.
  • In fixed-income, the 10-year note was up for the sixth-straight day as it gained 1/32 to yield 1.59%.

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