Stock Market Today: Stocks Close Mixed on Muddled Earnings and Econ Data

Conflicting earnings news and a strong headline GDP report that was weak under the hood made for a turbulent session.

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Stocks closed mixed Thursday in a seesaw session driven by conflicting corporate earnings reports and a cloudy picture on the health of the U.S. economy.

Strong earnings from Caterpillar (CAT, +7.8%) helped the Dow Jones Industrial Average end the day in the green, rising 0.6% to close at 32,036. But a disappointing revenue forecast from Facebook parent Meta Platforms (META, -24.6%) after Wednesday's close weighed on the Nasdaq Composite. The tech-heavy index slumped 1.6% to finish at 10,792. The broader S&P 500, meanwhile, somewhat split the difference, closing off 0.6% at 3,807. 

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