(INDEXDJX:.DJI) snapped a two-week slump, with the financial world
abuzz about a famous woman who graduated with high honors from
enough about Meredith Whitney
. Janet Yellen, nominated to head the Fed, was Lady Luck for Mister
Market as stocks advanced amid belated signs of progress in
Washington. As we honor our Italian heritage today, the old country
wasn't a bad way to bet.
), whose Olive Garden ads are almost
, advanced 8.1% to top the entire
S&P 500 Index
(INDEXSP:.INX). Pizanos may be
eating less pasta
Noodles & Co.
) still surged some 7.43%, so that woman who plead guilty to
robbing a bank with spaghetti sauce
may have been on to something. (Just so long as the institution in
Jos. A. Bank
), which jumped 7.23% in the sort of showing that no Milanese
tailor would want to tinker with.)
), whose da Vinci surgical robots honor an incomparable Renaissance
master, rose 7.11%, and
posted a 6.98% increase. Alas the national air carrier --
affectionately known as "Always Late In Taking off And Late In
remains in deep ship
. Perhaps it's still better to stick with the Pinta, NiÃ±a, and
Santa Maria when planning your journey.
No economic data due today, and both banks and the bond market are
closed for Columbus Day, but the first full week of earnings season
Brown & Brown
J.B. Hunt Transport
Packaging Corp. of America
(WTFC) all expected to release results.
(XLRN): Shares are assigned a Buy at Citigroup.
(AMAT): JPMorgan has a new Neutral on the tech name.
(BNFT): Jefferies begins a Buy on BNFT.
(COF): The stock is resumed with a Buy at SunTrust, whose price
objective is $81.
(CIT): The financial firm is a fresh Neutral at SunTrust. Its
target price is $53.
Discover Financial Services
(DFS): Today it does indeed
"pay to Discover"
as the credit card company is assigned a bullish Buy at Deutsche
Five Prime Therapeutics
(FPRX): Jefferies starts the stock with a Buy.
(PLT): PLT gets picked up with a Buy at Deutsche Bank.
: JPMorgan launches Overweights on
(KLAC), establishing respective price objectives of $65 and $76.
(TCBI): The regional bank is resumed with a Buy at Jefferies.
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