Stocks Finish Mixed

The Dow was weighed down by weakness in Caterpillar and SBC Communications, though a late bounce in Microsoft pared losses

Stocks finished a rocky trading day mixed Thursday, with blue chips ending their two-day rally. The Dow industrials were weighed down by poor performance from Caterpillar (CAT ), which posted weak quarterly results. A late bounce in Microsoft (MSFT ) ahead of an upbeat earnings report after the bell helped major indexes recover from session lows, according to Standard and Poor's MarketScope.

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