Stocks were down today as news about a decline in GDP growth in China and reduced consumer sentiment in the US created pessimism among investors. In corporate news, JPMorgan (JPM) had a remarkable Q1, bringing in $27 billion in revenue. Meanwhile, Google (GOOG) announced that it would be splitting its stock, though in such a way as to keep control of the company among the founders.
Word on the Street
- China’s GDP growth slowed to just above 8 percent.
- JPMorgan’s (JPM) Q1 revenue was up to $27 billion.
- Chairman Ben Bernanke defended the Federal Reserve’s response to the crisis.
- Google (GOOG) announced that it would be splitting its stock.
- Oil option volatility has declined.
- US consumer sentiment is down for the month.