The continuing emerging markets sell-off, along with a slew of disappointing corporate earnings statements sent stocks lower by Friday's closing bell, making January the worst month for Wall Street in almost two years. The Numbers: Standard & Poor's 500: -0.65 percent to 1,782.59 Dow Jones Industrial Average: -0.94 percent to 15,698.85 Nasdaq: -0.47 percent to 4,103.88 Our Top Stories: George Brooks sees stock performance in January as an ominous portent for 2014 . An Equities.com guide to investing in alternative ETFs. The Energy Report's conversation with Porter Stansberry about which US energy trends investors should be watching. Guild Investment Management debunks fears about a Chinese banking crisis . Equities.comSmall-Cap Star Digimarc Corporation ($DMRC) is o ff to a strong start in 2014 . Jacob Harper has found three very solid data storage stocks for your consideration. On the Dow: Earnings season took its toll on the Dow, with oil giant Chevron ($CVX) dropping over 4 percent by the close after revealing a 32 percent drop in profits during the recently-ended period. ExxonMobil ($XOM) was off about 2 percent, as its own earnings statement released earlier in the week reflected a very similar scenario to that of its colleague. On the S&P 500: Toy giant Mattel ($MAT) and online bookseller-cum-tech deity Amazon.com ($AMZN) led the S&P down in spectacular fashiong on losses of 12 and 11 percent respectively. Meanwhile, Yahoo ! ($YHOO) rebounded slightly from a string of down days, closing on a 2 percent gain. Facebok ($FB) added nearly 2.5 percent, as did Microsoft ($MSFT) as the company indicated earlier in the day that the search for a new CEO would soon be over. On the Nasdaq: Zynga ($ZNGA) was an unexpected surprise on the day, as the stock jumped over 23 percent by the bell after announcing the purchase of mobile gaming company NaturalMotion. Hardware makers JDS Uniphase ($JDS) and Broadcom Corp. ($BRCM) were up significantly, while major chemical manufacturer Cereplast ($CERP) was off nearly 13 percent.
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