Stocks Flat After Strong April

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2009 8:43 AM CDT
Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange in New York, Thursday, April 30, 2009.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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(Newser) – Stocks began the month without much fanfare this morning, with the major indexes little changed in early trading, the Wall Street Journal reports. Earnings were generally negative, with MasterCard down 5% after profit fell 18%, and Hartford Financial Services plunging 14% after reporting a $1.21 billion loss. Last month was a great one for stocks, with the Dow up 7.4%, and the Dow World Index up 12%.