Why Bank of America Corp (BAC) Missed Out on the Dow Jones Industrial Average (.DJI)’s Record High

Today was a return to record highs for the Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:.DJI), which again chose to ignore uncertainties in Europe to focus instead on strong economic data from the U.S. on the housing and durable-goods orders fronts. Around the world, the U.S. is banking its case as a safe haven for foreign stock investors wary of keeping their money in more volatile home markets. By the close, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:.DJI) finished up 112 points, and the S&P 500 came within two points of setting its own all-time record high.

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But even with a triple-digit gain in the Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:.DJI), some stocks got left behind. Bank of America Corp (NYSE:BAC) fell almost 1%, as the bank continues to deal with fallout from bad mortgages. Even four years after the worst of the financial crisis, foreclosures are only now starting to rise in certain states where long, drawn-out foreclosure processes require substantial waiting periods. As optimistic as investors have been about Bank of America Corp (NYSE:BAC) lately, it’ll be a while longer before the bank can truly put the housing bust behind it, and focus its attention exclusively on returning to its regular operations.

General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) was also a loser on the day, declining 0.5%. Given the sensitivity that GE has had to economic conditions, you would have thought that a positive economic day for the Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:.DJI) would send it higher. Yet, GE has had a global scope for a long time, and many of its most promising growth initiatives hinge on successful economic expansion for countries across the globe. Unless stronger business activity spreads beyond the U.S. to foreign markets, particularly those of emerging-economy nations, GE could lag behind its more domestically focused peers.

Finally, outside the Dow, Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P (NASDAQ:CLMT) dropped 4.5% after pricing a secondary offering of 5.25 million units at $37.50, well below yesterday’s close of $39.10. The master limited partnership said that proceeds would be used for ordinary business purposes, but one place where it might be useful is in financing Calumet’s portion of its Dakota Prairie Refinery joint venture with MDU Resources Group Inc (NYSE:MDU) . The refinery will be built on a site in western North Dakota, strategically located in the heart of the Bakken shale play, and should be completed by late 2014 or early 2015. Given the growth potential of the Bakken, today’s drop for Calumet could prove to be a short-lived blip.

The article Why Bank of America Missed Out on the Dow’s Record High originally appeared on Fool.com Dan Caplinger.

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