Market Wrap-Up for July 17 (STT, KO, MOS, MAT, MTB, more)

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The markets weren't enthralled early on by this morning's commentary from Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke, who once again repeated the Fed is prepared to take whatever means possible to keep the economy from coming off the tracks. However that early concern faded by midday as the likelihood of further bailouts were back on the table.

As for stock-related headlines, earnings were driving some of the action as well. Some names not faring as well included transport play J.B. Hunt ( JBHT ), State Street Corp ( STT ), and uniform provider Cintas Corp ( CTAS ). On the flipside, there were some earnings plays bucking the early selling, including Mattel ( MAT ), M&T Bank ( MTB ), Coca-Cola ( KO ), and Mosaic ( MOS ), which announced a doubling of their annual dividend payout. Again, Mosaic is in the commodity space (fertilizer play) so the dividend payouts can be much more volatile and not as consistent as other sectors we follow.

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Referenced Symbols: CTAS , JBHT , KO , MAT , MOS

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