Equities partied like it was 1999 as the
(INDEXNASDAQ:.IXIC) hit its highest level since 2000, the year a
Damascus dictator named Assad died to spawn hopes of a new dawn in
Syria. (That one is not working out so well.) Among stocks on the
move, cosmetics company
) advanced 2.83% on an
. Clearly, as illustrated in that remarkable recent photo of a fair
maiden in Lebanon
applying lipstick amid the wreckage of a car
, a girl's still gotta look good even as Middle Eastern storm
Elsewhere, trading in Activia owner
(OTCMKTS:DANOY) was highly irregular, dropping even on an enormous
up day in equities. This after a
on the maker of Greek Oikos yogurt, hitherto about the only thing
giving Athens hope but now
under increasing attack
), which tumbled 2.2% last week, dropped a
(INDEXDJX:.DJI)-worst 0.93% yesterday. Ever since its
) deal, it has been a case of "AprÃ¨s moi, le dÃ©luge" for the
telecom titan badly hit by Superstorm Sandy
. At least it is now preparing for the next thousand-year flood
No top-tier economic data due today, but
) are each expected to announce earnings.
(ADC): The property manager is picked up with a Buy at Janney.
Bank of Ireland
(IRE): SociÃ©tÃ© GÃ©nÃ©rale starts its fellow financial firm at a
Blackstone Mortgage Trust
(BXMT): Shares are a new Outperform at JMP Securities, whose price
target is $27.50.
C&J Energy Services
(CJES): The oil and gas company gets covered at an Overweight by
(CSII): Benchmark Company starts the stock with a Speculative Buy,
assigning a $26 target price amid optimism over its Stealth 360
catheter platform to treat plaque problems.
(HAE): Shares are begun with a Buy at Benchmark Company, whose
price objective is $49.
(ILMN): The biotech is assigned an Outperform with Wells Fargo.
(IRBT): Susquehanna starts the surgical stock with a Positive
(NSM): NSM is a new Outperform at Oppenheimer.
Sprouts Farmers Market
(SFM): The recent initial public offering gets launched with an
Underperform at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch and Neutral by both
Goldman Sachs and UBS.
Extra Space Storage
Sovran Self Storage
(SSS) are each started at Outperform by Macquarie.
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