New Stock Coverage: Disney Is the Mouse That Roared


A bearded Brooklyn hipster helped send stocks up again, although, as the dude in question is 77 , some say this bull market is now a little long in the tooth. The S&P 500 Index (INDEXSP:.INX) advanced as Uncle Carl's agitation at Apple. Inc ( AAPL ) saw it gain 1.32%. Not to be outdone, Bronx born Lloyd Blankfein - another senior citizen proudly sporting designer stubble - laughed all the way to the bank with an upgrade-inspired 1.41% increase in Goldman Sachs ( GS ). Among other noteworthy names, NQ Mobile ( NQ ) sank 47.16% after being called a "massive fraud" by Muddy Waters . Fannie Mae, whose name was literally Mudd during the housing crisis, continues to cause problems for Bank of America ( BAC ), which ended off 0.28% after its countrywide unit was found liable for defrauding the firm . And a broker boost sent Madison Square Garden ( MSG ) up all of $0.05. That and a nickel will buy you a $1 billion facelift .

Today in economics, at 9:55 a.m. Eastern the University of Michigan's final figure for October consumer confidence is forecast to slip ever so slightly from its preliminary reading earlier in the month. On the corporate front, a frenetic first full week for quarterly earnings announcements finishes with Moody's (MCO), National-Oilwell Varco (NOV), Procter & Gamble (PG), Samsung Electronics (OTCMKTS:SSNLF), Sherwin-Williams (SHW), and United Parcel Service (UPS) all due to release results.

Alaska Air (ALK): ALK is initiated with a Outperform assessment and $83 price objective at Cowen, which cites its impressive best balance sheet and shareholder-friendly capital return policy.

Broadcasters : DIRECTV (DTV) is a Market Perform ($63 target price) at FBR Capital, which rates DISH Network (DISH) Underperform ($40 target) amid its relative dearth of wireless space options.

Drug Stocks : Citigroup has a new Neutral on Mylan Labs (MYL) but begins Teva Pharmaceutical (TEVA) with a Buy rating and $47 objective.

Hannon Armstrong (HASI): RBC Capital has a Sector Perform on HASI.

Netflix (NFLX): NFLX is a new Market Perform at FBR Capital

TiVo Inc. (TIVO): FBR Capital has a fresh Market Perform on the stock.

Walt Disney (DIS): (Hat-tip to a fine Peter Sellers film for today's title.) The Mouse House, a key Dow (INDEXDJX:.DJI) component, is assigned an upbeat at Outperform at FBR Capital.

(See also: Stock Upgrades: DuPont Regains Its Teflon Touch and Stock Downgrades: Cash Registers Stop Ringing at NCR Corp )

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.

This article appears in: Investing , Stocks

Referenced Stocks: AAPL , BAC , GS , MSG , NQ



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