Stocks are slipping as traders were disappointed by several corporate earnings and outlooks. The Dow Jones industrial average edged down four points to 17,733 Thursday. The Standard & Poor's 500 lost two points, or 0.1%, to 2,081. The Nasdaq composite slipped a point to 5,073.
UnitedHealth Group sank 6% Thursday, dragging the health care sector lower, after the nation's largest health insurer cut its full-year earnings forecast. Best Buy dropped 2% after releasing disappointing sales and a cautious outlook for the holiday shopping season. Payments company Square and online dating site operator Match Group soared in their market debuts. The slight decline came after the market wavered between small gains and losses all day. Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.24%. (Read more stock market stories.)