Microsoft and 2 Stocks Leading the Dogs of the Dow

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (NYSEARCA:DIA) is down today 0.16% and stands at 12,077. The stocks below are among the lagging performers today.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT): Comments from a high-ranking executive from Nokia (NYSE:NOK) indicate that Microsoft is scrambling to come up with an operating system for tablets, which suggests that Microsoft is trying to catch up with the IPad. Meanwhile, stockholders are frustrated that Microsoft won’t use it’s enormous cash reserves to invest in new products and thereby increase its stock price. Bill Gates responded by saying that the cash reserves are there to deal with any impending economic uncertainty. The shares of Microsoft recently traded at $26.47, down $0.27, or 1.01%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $23.65 to $29.46. Volume today was 24,037,576 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 57,548,900 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 9.62, while trailing earnings are $2.75 per share.

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Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS): If the NBA lockout causes the season to be terminated, Disney is poised to lose quite a bit as a consequence. In addition, an analyst from Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) believes that revenue from Disney’s parks may begin to tail off. The shares recently traded at $36.22, down $0.23, or 0.63%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $28.19 to $44.34. Volume today was 5,010,198 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 12,774,300 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 14.37, while trailing earnings are $2.52 per share.

Alcoa (NYSE:AA): Alcoa’s stock dropped at the beginning of the session and has stayed there. Alcoa has never recovered in the past decade, and remains around the same level as it did in 2009. The shares recently traded at $10.18, down $0.18, or 1.74%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $8.45 to $18.47. Volume today was 17,375,251 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 33,479,400 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 10.68, while trailing earnings are $0.95 per share.

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