On the day George H. W. Bush, long known for
skydiving on his birthdays
, entered his 90th year, stocks paid appropriate homage to the
former president by falling down to earth. (Grocery giant
) is admittedly surging some 22.28% before this morning's opening
bell, but Ronald Reagan's successor
never much cared for supermarkets
Imploding equities in Athens dropped another 3.2% as the Greek
government tried to close the national broadcaster. (Lately the
source of amusement in that beleaguered land
.) On an awful day for the
) rose 2.76% to best all blue chips after announcing its
half-decade long turnaround timetable is ahead of schedule.
Stalin's five year plans for agriculture were not quite as
successful, but then again Uncle Joe could never call upon crop
), which surged 77.27% to top all
) got legless,
) even as it
(BAH), down another 3.50%, could use a drink.
Today in economics, April business inventories are expected to tick
up slightly at 10:00 a.m. Eastern. On the corporate front,
Barnes & Noble
Casey's General Stores
(CASY) are both due to report results.
American Express Company
(AXP): The key
(^DJI) component is picked up with a Perform at Oppenheimer. The
broker believes AXP - now trading at about 16 times its 2013
earnings per share estimates, having hit an historic high on Monday
- is now due a breather.
Angie's List Inc
(ANGI): Wunderlich has a Hold and $25 target price amid ongoing
losses related to marketing expenditure.
Bank of the Ozarks Inc
(OZRK): The regional bank is resumed with a Market Perform at Keefe
The Boeing Company
(BA): Morgan Stanley starts the blue chip at Overweight.
Capital One Financial Corp.
(COF): Shares are assumed with an Outperform and $69 price
objective at Oppenheimer.
Discover Financial Services
(DFS): Citing the credit card company's impressive diversification
efforts, Oppenheimer sets an Outperform with a $55 target price.
Henry Schein, Inc.
(HSIC): Wells Fargo establishes Outperform-rated research on the
dental and diagnostic device outfit.
(INGR): The processed and packaged goods name is a new Equal Weight
The Madison Square Garden Co
(MSG): Shares are a new Neutral at Sterne Agee.
Media & Entertainment
: Sterne Agee starts Buys on
AMC Networks Inc
Discovery Communications Inc.
Time Warner Inc
(VIAB). It has a new Neutral on Dow member
The Walt Disney Company
(DIS) and an Underperform on
Dreamworks Animation Skg Inc
MWI Veterinary Supply, Inc.
(MWIV): Shares are initiated with an Outperform at Wells.
Progessive Waste Solutions Ltd
(BIN): BIN is begun with a Market Perform at BMO Capital.
(TRIP): The online travel outfit is begun with a Buy at Wunderlich,
which assigns a $75 objective on a stock it says can benefit from
(TRLA): Morgan Stanley starts the stock at Underweight.
Stock Upgrades: Bulls Run on Adidas AG
Stock Downgrades: Waste Management, Inc. Sent to Sin