Even as the "
Sexiest Woman Alive
her main finance man
win elected office in New York, Wall Street was struck with an
incurable case of Scarlett fever, with stocks snapping a
two-session winning streak to end in the red. One can't quibble
with Ms. Johansson's figure, but for the European Union,
"math" is often a four-letter word
. Let's hope that is the case again, for its increased unemployment
estimate helped send US markets down, with the
(INDEXDJX:.DJI) dropping 20.90 points. (That economically ravaged
somehow still spend $255 million on a couple of
but, last night, each did deliver.) Speaking of sums that don't add
Royal Bank of Scotland's
CEO once failed a basic accounting exam. Twice
. Yesterday its stock tumbled 2.54% on a
. Scarlett's French fiancÃ©
gave her quite the diamond bling ring but
sapphires are suddenly the best friend of investors everywhere
GT Advanced Technologies
) gained 20.53% on news it will use the mineral at a new
In terms of events that may move markets this morning, September
leading economic indicators are expected to come in essentially
unchanged at 10:00 a.m. Eastern. Regarding specific stocks,
Whole Foods Market
(WFM) are all due to announce earnings.
(ABCO): Raymond James reduces its recommendation to Market Perform
(OTCMKTS:AAMRQ): The parent of American Airlines is now Neutral
from Overweight at JPMorgan
(BRY): Shares get downgraded to Hold from Buy with Wunderlich due
Buffalo Wild Wings
(BWLD): Sky-high valuation issues also see Buffalo Wild Wings - up
14.13% last week alone - moved to Hold from Buy at Miller Tabak.
Stock in Buffalo Wild Wings yesterday exceeded its $148-per-share
(EXPD): Shares get slashed to Neutral from Buy at Goldman Sachs.
(HK): Canaccord Genuity cuts the company to Hold from Buy. Its
price target is also trimmed by $1 to $6.
(LF): Another day,
for LeapFrog Enterprises, an educational outfit indelibly
associated with fabled financier Michael Milken. Citing concerns
over holiday sales, Imperial Capital cut LeapFrog Enterprises -
whose stock lost 7.96% yesterday - to In-Line from Outperform.
(MXIM): MXIM is moved to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust.
Penn National Gaming
(PENN): The stock, a particularly poor performer over the past
year, is now Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital. Its
price objective, previously $49, goes to $15 after a real estate
Pioneer Natural Resources
(PXD): Shares are now Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee.
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers
(RRGB): With the stock trading atop historic highs, Bank of
America-Merrill Lynch lowers its rating to Underperform from
(SZYM): The stock is now Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse.
(THC): THC, yesterday's worst
(INDEXSP:.INX) stock with an 8.83% implosion, is today taken to
Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo.
(UN): Consumer products powerhouse Unilever, whose ubiquitous
brands include Ben & Jerry's and Lipton, is now Neutral from
Buy at Nomura. Over the past year, stock in Unilever is up 7.40%.
(VVUS): The diet drug darling is now Neutral from Buy at Bank of
(ZAGG): JPMorgan moves the stock to Neutral from Overweight.
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