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Abbott Laboratories (NYSE: ABT) shares declined 1.68 percent to close at $37.43 a share Thursday. The stock traded between $37.22 and $37.93 on volume 10.21 million shares traded. The company reported sales were $5.66 billion for the fourth quarter of 2013, an increase of just 3.3 percent when compared to a year ago. Shares of Abbott Laboratories have gained approximately 14.0 percent in the past year.
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Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) shares gained 0.26 percent to close at $61.71 a share Thursday. The stock traded between $60.99 and $61.79 on volume 1.52 million shares traded. The company announced that it expects to report a drop in profit for the fourth quarter of 2013 due to costs associated with the closing of its Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station. Shares of Entergy have fallen approximately 3.0 percent in the past year.
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U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB) shares declined 1.74 percent to close at $40.72 a share Thursday. The stock traded between $40.31 and $41.26 on volume of 12.42 million shares traded. The company reported record full year 2013 net income of $5.8 billion, an increase of 3.3 percent when compared to a year ago. Shares of U.S. Bancorp have gained approximately 23.0 percent in the past year.
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Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE: VLO) shares increased 0.59 percent to close at $51.25 a share Thursday. The stock traded between $50.34 and $52.00 on volume 10.80 million shares traded. The company expects earnings for the fourth quarter of 2013, which include a one-time gain, to be in the range of $1.60 to $1.80 per share. Shares of Valero Energy have gained approximately 39.0 percent in the past year.
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