December 21, 2011 at 09:41 AM EST
Disappointing Earnings Weigh Down Markets
Disappointing earnings weighed the markets down to a lower open with the Dow losing 16 points to 12,086. Nasdaq dropped 33 points to 2570.
On the upside
Tokio Marine Holdings will acquire Delphi Financial (NYSE: DFG) in a deal valued at approximately $2.7 billion.
Research in Motion (Nasdaq: RIMM) was reportedly the target of a possible acquisition by Amazon and a joint bid by Microsoft and Nokia.
On the downside
Oracle (Nasdaq: ORCL) reported higher second quarter earnings but the results fell short of analyst expectations.
Walgreen (NYSE: WAG) blamed a slow start to the cold and flu season and a contract dispute with Express Scripts for lower first quarter earnings that missed expectations.
Analysts lowered their price target on Emerson Electric (NYSE: EMR).
In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of more than 7 to 5 on the NYSE and by nearly 2 to 1 on Nasdaq. The Russell 2000 which tracks small cap stocks fell 4 points to 734.
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