May 9, 2007 |
Stock prices fell sharply early Tuesday before recovering to finish the day mostly flat amid weak economic data and some disappointing corporate earnings. The Dow Jones industrials fell for the first time in six sessions. Stocks have rallied for most of April and early May on robust first-quarter earnings and a wave of major takeover deals. After shares tumbled early in Tuesday's session, some investors identified their first buying opportunity in some time.