The markets opened to news of a weak manufacturing report. The Dow fell 36 points to 12,340 while Nasdaq lost 9 points to 2322 as investors continued to worry about a deteriorating economy.
On the upside
Priceline.com (Nasdaq: PCLN) reported 4th quarter earnings that more than doubled as online travel bookings surged.
The Campbell Soup (NYSE: CPB) posted slightly lower profits as sales climbed due to more diverse product offerings.
Shares of Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE: ANF) edged higher after the clothing retailer posted higher earnings and revenues despite declining same-store sales.
On the downside
Consumer electronics retailer Best Buy (NYSE: BBY) announced weak January sales versus year-ago and projected slightly lower revenues for the fiscal year ended March 1.
Shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) plunged after the restaurant chain's 4th quarter profits and sales missed expectations.
In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of nearly 2 to 1 on the NYSE and by more than 3 to 2 on Nasdaq. The Russell 2000 which tracks small cap stocks dropped 3 points to 701.