Despite the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropping 21 points,

the Dow finished the month with a 3.4% gain, its largest percentage increase in January since 1997. Mark Lasseigne has your stock market report report on today's Acadiana Business Index.





  • Separately, U.S. home prices fell again in November, according to the Standard & Poor's Case-Shiller home-price index.
  • Exxon Mobil fell 2%, after reporting earnings in line with estimates. But, margins declined with rising oil prices and weaker fuel demand.
  • Pfizer fell 0.9% after the pharmaceutical company reported earnings and revenue that topped expectations, but lowered its 2012 earnings outlook.
  • And, U.S. Steel climbed 6.1%.  The company reported a wider-than-expected quarterly loss, but it said it expected a significant improvement in the current-quarter.
  • Light, sweet crude settled at $98.28 a barrel.
  • Gold closing at $1,738 an ounce.
Mark Lasseigne