A stitch in time failed to save nine, with the
(INDEXDJX:.DJI) dropping nine points in desultory trading action,
as investors counted down the clock until today's Fed announcement.
US stock markets moved mostly sideways amid economic data that
included an unchanged Consumer Price Index in November. Thus our
appears to be working, perhaps a little too well. The alternative,
however, is even worse. Witness the hyperinflation that had
Wiemar-era German boys flying kites with worthless
back in the day. Such scars remain fresh nine decades later,
especially on a day Angela Merkel officially embarked upon a third
term as the country's chancellor. Standouts of a sluggish session
), figuratively and
literally on fire
sent it up another 2.04%. Cover curse? Not for Buenos Aires-born
birthday boy Pope Francis, who turned 77. He currently graces not
front pages, yet maintains a Midas touch. This as hometown hero
) jumped 2.64% even as fears the Fed will dial back its tapering
sent its American equivalent
) tumbling 1.45% to a two-month trough.
In terms of economic events that may move US markets today, the
Federal Open Market Committee releases its interest rate
announcement at 2:00 p.m. Eastern. Chairman Ben Bernanke's final
press conference as Fed head follows at 2:30 p.m. Regarding
specific stocks, expect earnings announcements from
(ALR): JMP Securities starts the stock with an Outperform rating
and $45 price objective.
(ARWR): ARWR is begun with a Buy at Jefferies, whose target price
(DVA): KeyBanc Capital covers the kidney dialysis company at a Buy.
(EROS): Eros International yesterday fell 4.04% to a fresh low, yet
today UBS says you would be cupid, I mean stupid, not to buy the
stock named after the Greek god of love. It assigns a Buy rating,
and $18 objective on the cinema name. Eros International, which is
based in Britain, is a way to play India's booming "Bollywood."
(GRPN): Groupon stock gets initiated with an Outperform at
Northland Capital, whose target is $13. The broker lauds Groupon as
a pure-play on local commerce.
(AWAY): Goldman Sachs has a new Neutral on HomeAway stock.
InterContinental Hotels Group
(IHG): The accommodation outfit is picked up with a Neutral at MKM
(MRTX): Shares are a new Buy at Jefferies, whose objective is $36.
(RH): RH is resumed with a Buy, and $80 target, at KeyBanc Capital.
(OTCMKTS:SRMLF): Citing the company's consistent shareholder
growth, RBC Capital starts Storm at Outperform.
(DATA): Amid valuation issues, the stock is a new Neutral at Robert
(URI): Shares are begin with a Buy, and $86 price objective, at
(VNCE): William Blair begins Outperform-rated research on a stock
it says can benefit from the expanding luxury market worldwide.
World Point Terminals
(WPT): The limited partnership gets launched at an Outperform with
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