On Hump Day, stocks finished as flat as a pancake. Contrasting
with the wild ride of 24 hours earlier, Wednesday saw the
(^GSPC) advance by all of 0.01 of a point, while the
(^IXIC) eked out an infinitesimal 0.32 increase.
) itself ended lower after announcing a 51% fall in profit amid its
) fiasco. The exchange thus remains a long way from its 1999
heyday, when it rose an astonishing 85.59%.
Gwyneth Paltrow, who won that year's best actress Oscar, has
aged far better
, if not quite as impressively as that
14-year old hamburger
. Ms. Paltrow was always
more partial to Mexican cuisine anyway
, and obviously inspired a 7.10% surge in Taco Bell owner
delightfully diminutive 5-foot, 2-inch Wendy
(DPS) stands tall, her stock hitting the highest level in its
The single busiest day of earnings season has arrived with
United Parcel Service
(UPS) all due to report results.
(ASML): HSBC Securities starts the semiconductor stock at
Overweight, sending it up sharply in today's pre-market trading.
): Canaccord begins Buy rated coverage on the independent oil and
gas company, which has the sort of stock symbol only Dracula could
love. Its price objective is $36.
Fortuna Silver Mines
(FSM): The stock is a fresh Buy at Global Hunter.
General Growth Properties
(GGP): Bank of America-Merrill Lynch launches Neutral rated
(NICE): NICE is a new Market Perform at JMP Securities.
(TWER): Shares are assigned an Overweight at Evercore.
(WDAY): The equity is established with a Market Perform by BMO
Capital Markets, whose price objective is $60. Its strength in the
cloud-core HCM (Human Capital Management) is promising but
heavyweight competitors including
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