Market Wrap-Up for Jan.20 (MSFT, IBM, INTC, AXP, COF, MA, more)

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Today's rally in the Dow was largely boosted by a big pop in shares of IBM Corp ( IBM ), following the tech services titan reporting solid earnings results .

Microsoft ( MSFT ) ( earnings report here ) and Intel ( INTC ) ( report here ) chipped in to help lift the averages following their own earnings results. The financials provided the bulk of the market weakness today, specifically companies with credit card exposure, like American Express ( AXP ) ( earnings here ) and Capital One Financial ( COF ) ( earnings here ). Both of those firms reported a bit of trouble in the latest quarter, with loan losses rising. The selling did spread to Mastercard ( MA ) and Visa ( V ) as well.

Outside of our dividend world, shares of Google ( GOOG ) put a hurting to momentum bulls following the company's earnings miss. Those shares ended down nearly $54 on the day. The company's weaker-than-expected earnings report caused a bit more investor anxiety than you would normally feel in the wider markets.

In the meantime, we are digesting most of this week's earnings to see how the results may impact our "Best Dividend Stocks" List . We'll be sure to keep Premium subscribers alerted to any changes we make.

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Many investors lose money when they try to become active traders. They jump in and out of names quickly, trying their best to time the markets. This strategy is very difficult to pull off, and as I've said many times, most day traders fail to achieve positive results.

Of course, there will always be times when we need to pull some weeds out of a portfolio. We keep our subscribers posted as to when those times occur. For the most part, we focus on breaking down current price points, dividend yields, earnings prospects, and whether stocks should be bought now or simply held onto. Our Best Dividend Stocks List is made up only of the names we feel have the best current risk/reward scenario.

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A Look to Next Week and a Weekend Preview

Looking ahead to next week, quarterly earnings results will start coming in full force, as we will getting reports from Johnson & Johnson ( JNJ ), Boeing ( BA ), 3M ( MMM ), Altria ( MO ), Honeywell ( HON ), and many more.

Be sure to catch up with our latest watchlist updates this weekend on Premium , including reports on earnings/story stocks, analyst upgrades/downgrades, dividend ETFs, and much more. And as always, you can view our current recommendations on our industry-leading Best Dividend Stocks List .

Thanks for reading, and I'll see you this weekend! P.S. Please pass this e-mail on to someone you think can use some financial motivation as well as being kept in the financial news loop that could affect them.

Be sure to visit our complete recommended list of the Best Dividend Stocks , as well as a detailed explanation of our ratings system here .

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

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Referenced Stocks: AXP , BA , COF , GOOG , HON

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