Thursday’s session closed in the red zone. UnitedHealth, DuPont, General Electric and Microsoft led decliners on the Dow. Brands took a breather amid comments from the Federal Reserve.
Indices ended Wednesday’s session in green territory. Hewlett-Packard, Caterpillar, and Bank of America led the Dow’s upswing. Stocks gained on the first trading day of the year, after the House of Representatives managed to pass the Senate’s 11th-hour agreement aimed at averting the “fiscal cliff.”