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Markets were under intense pressure earlier today, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average down almost 400 points. Most indexes were down 2 percent or so around the globe before recovering some of the losses.

As is often the case during big market swings, numerous narratives attempt to explain the causes of the market turmoil. Consider the following headlines:

• “U.S. Index Futures Tumble as Microsoft, Caterpillar Disappoint

• “U.S. Stocks Tumble After Downbeat Data, Earnings

• “Ukraine crisis: EU leaders warn of more sanctions against Russia

• “Microsoft Gave All Kinds Of Gloomy Warnings During Today’s Earnings Call

• “Greece and Europe Dig In on Bailout Terms After Syriza Victory

The only genuine surprise on that list was an unexpected drop in durable goods orders of 3.4 percent in December.

Let’s take a look at the “news” that supposedly drove today’s stock market.

Caterpillar missed fourth-quarter earnings expectations and lowered forecasts for the coming year on (surprise!)  plunging  energy prices and slower European and Chinese sales . Procter & Gamble blamed lower earnings on the stronger U.S. dollar (shocker!), while Microsoft said that software-license  sales for PCs declined (who ever could have seen THAT coming?).


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