(^DJI) increase of only 24.50 points may not have been anything on
excitement of exactly six years earlier
, but it'll do for now.
Strange bedfellows dominated the day, what with
Jimmy Carter gushing over George Bush
Wall Street Journal
turning over its editorial page
New York Times
journalist who did jail time
. (Such a selfless gesture from right wing to left, and on
Pay It Forward Day
no less, sent shares of the Old Grey Lady surging some 5.00%.)
Elsewhere Kentucky Fried Chicken owner
), which jumped 7.10% on Wednesday and scored an
24 hours later, tumbled 2.11% after it became apparent that
Colonel Sanders' favorite food was actually…White
Today in economics, consensus says April's University of Michigan
consumer sentiment survey will show an improvement at 9:55 a.m.
Eastern. Peak earnings week concludes with announcements expected
(ALKS): The stock is downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at
Bank of America-Merrill Lynch.
(ABC): Shares are now Neutral from Outperform at Robert W. Baird,
which trims its target to $57 from $59 after a recent run to record
): The brewing behemoth is slashed to Conviction Sell - surely the
ultimate ignominy - from merely Sell at Goldman Sachs. Shares are
lower in today's pre-market trading as a result.
(BIDU): Shares in the Chinese Internet outfit, imploding 8% before
the opening bell, get downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Capital.
Beneficial Mutual Bancorp
(BNCL): The name is now Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee.
(CRS): CRS gets cut to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan.
(DRE): The stock is moved to Market Perform from Outperform by BMO
(ERJ): Shares are slashed to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup.
(XOM): The oil giant and key
(^DJI) component is now Neutral from Buy at ISI Group.
(FFIV): Shares are downgraded to Perform from Outperform at FBR
Capital, which notes competitive threats from
(INTC) among others.
(HBHC): The stock is now Hold from Buy with Wunderlich.
ITT Educational Services
(ESI): The stock is downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Compass
(KLAC): KLAC gets cut to Outperform from Buy at CLSA.
Raymond James Financial
(RJF): Citigroup reduces its recommendation on RJF to Neutral from
(WIN): The equity is now Neutral from Buy at Bank of
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