McDonald’s, Travelers and Verizon Are the Biggest Droppers on the Dow Today

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (NYSEARCA:DIA) is down by 0.33% today and stands at 12,667. Here are three stocks that have lost the most today.

The Travelers Companies (NYSE:TRV): The Q4 report came in today, and Travelers experienced a 28% profit compared to the 4th quarter of 2010. Two reasons: a higher number of claims in what was an expensive year ever for insurance companies, and a decline in investment income. Travelers hopes that higher prices will improve the underlying performance in the first half of 2012. TRV shares recently traded at $58.27, down $2.02, or 3.35%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $45.97 to $64.17. Volume today was 3,851,498 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 3,915,870 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 14.91, while trailing earnings are $3.91 per share.

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Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) just missed meeting its EPS target. The reason given is the high cost of selling the most advanced and newest phones. Verizon was down 1.6% pre-market, and has stayed there. VZ shares recently traded at $37.69, down $0.71, or 1.85%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $32.28 to $40.48. Volume today was 19,801,377 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 13,950,700 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 15.15, while trailing earnings are $2.49 per share.

McDonald’s (NYSE:MCD) beat its own expectations, sane-stores sales are strong and market growth in international markets continues unabated. But the market itself was disappointed with the results. As McDonald’s hit an all-time high last week, perhaps the only way Mickey D can be expected to go is down. MCD shares recently traded at $98.81, down $2.14, or 2.12%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $72.89 to $102.22. Volume today was 7,119,829 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 5,415,400 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 19.38, while trailing earnings are $5.10 per share.

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