Greece is suddenly the world's best stock
, the Zombie Apocalypse has indeed arrived. (Especially on a day
Europe released some seriously spooky unemployment
.) Here comes money boo boo? Not exactly. The
S&P 500 Index
(INDEXSP:.INX) did drop on Halloween, but still scored impressive
gains on the month. On the Day of the Dead,
Live Nation Entertainment
) gained 2.42% and, not to be outdone,
) advanced 2.70%. Trick-or-treaters at your window were far less
frightful than a knock on the door from an
) lady. That stock, downgraded this morning, tumbled 21.87%
) - where they
know all about scary bats
- up 1.81%. And an identical analyst upgrade saw Bug maker
(OTCMKTS:VLKAY) jump 2% to a fresh 52-week peak. See,
isn't so terrifying after all
Today in economics, October's Institute for Supply Management
manufacturing index is expected to slip from September's pace at
10:00 a.m. Eastern. Another frenzied week for quarterly earnings
announcements concludes with results expected out of
Madison Square Garden
Portland General Electric
Royal Bank of Scotland Group
Advance Auto Parts
(AAP): Deutsche Bank downgrades the equity, recently trading atop
historic highs, to Hold from Buy.
(OTCMKTS:AFLYY): The aviation outfit Parisians know as "Air Chance"
for its patchy on-time arrival record gets reduced to Underperform
from Neutral at Credit Suisse. It cites "further disappointment" in
restructuring, and the stock is sharply lower in today's European
trading as a result.
(AGI): Shares, upgraded elsewhere this morning, are reduced to
Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James.
American International Group
(AIG): The insurance giant gets downgraded to Hold from Buy at
(ARIA): Jefferies cuts the small cap company to Hold from Buy.
): The cosmetics company, which tumbled 21.87% on Thursday, is
moved to Market Perform from Outperform by BMO Capital this
(OTCMKTS:BAMXY): Equinet downgrades the German auto giant to Hold
Bebe Stores, inc.
Hat tip to Patrick Swayze
for today's title. Shares are now Neutral from Buy at Janney, which
notes both anemic mall traffic and margin pressure.
(GTLS): After yesterday's 10.87% tumble, the stock is now Neutral
from Overweight at Piper Jaffray.
Craft Brew Alliance
(BREW): Fresh from yesterday's 4.20% fall, Citigroup cuts the
company to Neutral from Buy.
(HOS): Wunderlich cuts the oil and gas outfit to Hold from Buy amid
an influx of vessels in the Gulf of Mexico. Its price objective,
previously $70, gets trimmed to $61.
(TYPE): JPMorgan takes TYPE to Neutral from Overweight.
(NVO): NVO is now Neutral from Buy at Swedbank.
(OPEN): The stock gets downgraded to Hold with Wunderlich due to
(PETM): Bank of America-Merrill Lynch lowers the stock to Neutral
Royal Dutch Shell
(NYSE:RDS.A): Shares are slashed to Hold from Buy at SociÃ©tÃ©
(SNE): The Japanese consumer electronics behemoth, which just
imploded 11.17% after releasing Q2 results, gets downgraded to Hold
from Buy at Jefferies.
(STRA): A day late and $9.84 short? After yesterday's 19.98%
nose-dive, Morgan Stanley moves the stock to Underweight from
(TCO): Bank of America-Merrill reduces the retail Real Estate
Investment Trust to Neutral from Buy.
(VRTX): Shares are lowered to Market Perform from Outperform by
(WTW): Barclays downgrades the diet name, down 19.56% yesterday, to
Equal Weight from, wouldn't you know it, "Overweight."
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