The American stock exchanges were on a loss during the afternoon trading in New York on Thursday. Investors on Wall Street processed results from numerous large companies. Online video service Netflix was given a solid beating after disappointing figures about customer growth.

The Dow-Jones index was 0.3 percent lower at 27.137 points. The broad S&P 500 dropped 0.1 percent to 2989 points and the technology level meter Nasdaq lost 0.3 percent to 8162 points.

Netflix plummeted 11 percent. The streaming service received 2.7 million new paying customers in the second quarter, while the company itself had counted on 5 million. In the first quarter of this year, that number increased by almost 10 million. Netflix also had to deal with the loss of customers in the American home market.

Technology group IBM, internet trader eBay, health insurance company UnitedHealth, investment bank Morgan Stanley and industrial conglomerate Honeywell also came up with figures. IBM won 4 percent and eBay advanced 1.2 percent. UnitedHealth (minus 2.4 percent) increased its profit forecast for the entire year. Honeywell, active in the aviation industry, among other things, also boosted its forecasts and rose 2.2 percent. Morgan Stanley went up 1 percent.

Axalta (plus 1.2 percent) was also in the spotlight. Several parties, including AkzoNobel in the Netherlands, are allegedly interested in a takeover of the American paint producer. The Japanese Kasai Kogyo and the American PPG (minus 0.1 percent) would also consider bidding. No one wanted to respond to the companies mentioned.

Chip producer Qualcomm (minus 1.6 percent) could also count on attention. The European Commission imposes a fine of 242 million euros on the company for price dumping of chips for mobile devices to push a competitor out of the market. Qualcomm will appeal the fine.

The euro was quoted at $ 1,1226, against 1,1227 at the close of the European stock markets earlier in the day. A barrel of American oil, after new figures on oil stocks in the United States, was 2.6 percent cheaper at 54.29 dollars. Brent oil fell by 2.5 percent in price to $ 62.09 per barrel.

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