Today is an especially
ominous anniversary on Wall Street
, October has had more than its fair share of stock market horror
stories, and Halloween is almost here. Yet fat cats continue to win
out over 'fraidy cats. With Spain, land of the matador,
officially out of recession
, the bull is proving terribly tough to kill. Kill Bill? Not if you
are birthday boy Mr. Gates, 58 today, who just
bet big on Iberia himself
and saw his
) surge 5.96% to top all
(INDEXDJX:.DJI) issues on Friday. Over at fellow blue chip
Procter & Gamble
), CEO A.G. Lafley is
skipping conference calls
, a Teutonic shift
likely inspired by the telephone travails of Ms.
. Telecom titan
), whose net income rose 5% to $3.91 billion, needn't have any
hang-ups, however. Especially after Kanye West proposed to Kim
Kardashian in typically understated fashion on the jumbotron at San
Francisco's AT&T Park. (Here's
the happy couple
This morning in economic data, September pending home sales are due
at 10:00 a.m. Eastern. On the corporate front, just under half of
S&P 500 Index
(INDEXSP:.INX) have now released quarterly results. Today's
announcements are expected to include
(FATE): The biotech,
an insider favorite
, is begun with bullish Outperforms by BMO Capital, Cowen, and
Wedbush ($14 price objective.) The company's principal product,
ProHema for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), shows
(GIMO): GIMO gets initiated with an Outperform at William Blair.
(AWAY): Cowen covers the stock at Outperform.
International Game Technology
(IGT): Citigroup starts the maker of casino games at a Buy.
(RMAX): Calling the company a way to play an ongoing US housing
recovery, RBC Capital resumes Outperform-rated research. Its price
objective is $33.
(RKUS): Northland Capital has a new Market Perform rating, and $18
target price, on the stock.
(SCTY): The alternative energy name is assigned an Outperform at
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