Editor’s note: This article was originally published yesterday, post market close.
No matter the market, there will always be losers, a few lagging disappointments holding back a Wall Street rally or several big losers leading a bearish day. The S&P 500 barely budged today, falling flat after rising earlier in the day. However, several big-name stocks took big losses and made investors pull their hair out in frustration. Here are the three worst stocks today that you need to know about – from credit cards to retail, these stocks put a dent in Wall Street’s Wednesday.
Exelon’s earnings drag down shares
Power company Exelon Corporation (NYSE:EXC) ranked among the S&P’s worst today with shares down around 2.8% for the day. Exelon was a victim of earnings season’s wrath despite a relatively strong report. The company’s net income jumped by 71% and revenue also rose year over year. However, both Exelon’s adjusted EPS mark and its revenue missed on analyst projections. This stock hasn’t done very well year to date compared to the overall market’s gains, but Exelon confirmed its full-year outlook today and looks on pace for a modest second half as electricity prices and demand have fallen in recent years.
Credit card titan Visa Inc (NYSE:V) took a big hit as shares fell a whopping 7.5%. Blame the courts for this one: A Washington, D.C., district court judge ruled that the Federal Reserve’s limit on debit card “swipe” fees implemented in the wake of the 2010 Dodd-Frank law is too high. Retailers have argued against the 21-cent cap the law implemented, claiming that Congress intended for a lower limit to the fees.
Visa and fellow card giant Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA) collect the swipe fees and pass them on to card issuers. Since both companies operate heavily in the debit card space, the ruling took down shares of both companies, although MasterCard rebounded to gains on the day. Visa, which operates a larger payment network than its rival, wasn’t so fortunate. Still, with consumer confidence on the rise in the U.S. and the economy slowly rising, Visa’s hardly in a tight spot because of one ruling. If anything, today’s big fall is a great opportunity to buy into an otherwise solid stock on a dip.
That ruling couldn’t help one retailer, however. J.C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE:JCP) investors have gotten used to a depressing year from this stock, but today’s gut-wrenching plunge drove down shares by an eye-popping 10.2% as this stock bottomed out among the S&P 500’s losers.