U.S. stocks fell, trimming the first weekly gain of 2015, as weaker-than-forecast results at companies from United Parcel Service Inc. to Kimberly-Clark Corp. offset confidence that central banks will support global growth.
UPS slumped 9.9 percent as it said preliminary 2014 earnings were lower than previously forecast. Bank of New York Mellon Corp. and State Street Corp. led financial shares lower after both said the falling euro hurt revenue from the region. Kimberly-Clark dropped 6.1 percent after forecasting 2015 earnings that missed estimates.
The Standard & Poor™s 500 Index lost 0.6 percent to 2,051.82 at 4 p.m. in New York, paring a weekly gain to 1.6 percent. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 141.38 points, or 0.8 percent, to 17,672.60. The Nasdaq Composite Index gained 0.2 percent. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index rallied 1.7 percent a day after the European Central Bank expanded its stimulus plan.
About 6.5 billion shares changed hands on U.S. exchanges today, in line with the three-month average. Selling accelerated in the final 30 minutes of trading as materials producers extended declines to 1.6 percent and investors anticipated the results of an election in Greece on Sunday. Opinion polls show the anti-austerity party may win enough votes to take power.