Nine-day Dow Winning Streak On Line As U.S. Stocks Open Mostly Lower

By Ellie Ismailidou Markets MarketWatch Pulse

Stocks opened mostly lower Thursday, putting the Dow industrials on track to end a nine-session win streak -- the index's longest such streak since March 2013. Investors focused on the European Central Bank meeting, at which benchmark interest rates were left unchanged, while a flurry of economic data in the U.S. reflected moderate but steady growth. A barrage of earnings results drove individual stocks, while a drop in oil prices also weighed on sentiment. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 10 points, less than 0.1%, to 18,581, the S&P 500 index lost less than a point, or less than 0.1% at 2,173, while the Nasdaq Composite Index advanced 3 points, or 0.1%, to 5,092. Among individual stocks, Southwest Airlines Co.dropped nearly 10% after weaker-than-expected earnings, while General Motors Co. jumped 4% toward a three-month high after strong quarterly results. Qualcomm shares surged 7% following quarterly results.

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