The Dow fell on Friday after disappointing results from Caterpillar and Microsoft, reversing optimism after a strong week of earnings.
The heavy equipment maker has an out-sized influence on markets because it is seen as a barometer of economic activity.
Caterpillar's stock, the best performing Dow component in 2010, was the average's top drag on Friday.
We had a little bit of shortfall from Caterpillar, said Anthony Conroy, head trader at BNY ConvergEx, an affiliate of the Bank of New York. It's taking the market off a little bit.
He noted that stocks have had a nice run-up in the past couple of days, explaining some of the selling.
The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> was down 47.30 points, or 0.37 percent, at 12,677.11. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> dipped 2.03 points, or 0.15 percent, at 1,341.77. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> was up 6.28 points, or 0.22 percent, at 2,840.71.
General Electric Co
At an emergency summit on Thursday, euro zone leaders promised a second Greece bailout with an extra 109 billion euros ($157 billion) of government money, plus a contribution by private sector bondholders that could top 50 billion euros by mid-2014.
Worries that euro-zone debt contagion could hurt U.S. banks have pressured equities in recent weeks.
Verizon Communications Inc
Equities were also being pressured by the wrangling over a deal to raise the U.S. debt ceiling. Negotiations between U.S. President Barack Obama and the top Republican in Congress were not close to producing an agreement, lawmakers said.
(Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)