Stock Downgrades: Chesapeake Energy Corporation Told to Frack Off

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Way back in 1972, when the Miami Dolphins we just got around to honoring yesterday swept all before them, Clint Holmes had a novelty hit singing " My name is Michael, I've got a nickel. " In our age of deflation, a humble Penney ( JCP ) was more than enough for Michael Ullman, who saw his long-suffering stock surge 5.98%. Shares rose as the CEO said "The response to our back-to-school marketing messaging which we launched late in the period has been promising." Well, bully for you .

Wayward Tony Hayward was also no stranger to putting his foot in his mouth while head of BP Plc ( BP ). He is now temporarily in charge of Glencore Xstrata ( GLNCY ) - down 1.88% on iffy earnings - after enduring a spell in Siberia . Far from the madding crowd didn't work nearly as well as Urban Outfitters ( URBN ), with that upgraded stock advancing an impressive 8.19%.

Today in economics, analysts expect an improvement in July existing home sales at 10:00 a.m. Eastern. At 2:00 p.m. the Federal Open Market Committee releases minutes to its July 30-31 policy meeting. On the earnings front, American Eagle Outfitters ( AEO ), China Telecom (CHA), Heineken (HKHHY), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), J.M. Smucker (SJM), L Brands (LTD), Lowe's (LOW), Madison Square Garden (MSG), PetSmart (PETM), Staples (SPLS), Target (TGT), and Toll Brothers (TOL) are all due to release results.

Caterpillar (CAT): Daiwa Securities downgrades the key Dow (^DJI) component to Neutral from Outperform.

Chesapeake Energy Corporation (CHK): The company, which ex-CEO Aubrey McClendon once famously called " the biggest frackers in the world ," is cut to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna.

Fertilizer Firms : More bad news for the sector, battered of late on Russian cartel concerns. Today HSBC Securities inflicts Neutral-from-Overweight ratings reductions on Agrium (AGU), whose price objective goes to $95 from $117, and Mosaic (MOS) ($33 from $66). The 180 degree damage done to Potash (POT) (Underweight from Overweight and $22.50 from $48) is even more substantial.

GDF Suez (GDFZY): The giant French electricity firm gets downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at HSBC.

Greenhill & Co. (GHL): JMP Securities moves the investment outfit to Market Perform from Outperform.

Harmony Gold (HMY): UBS cuts the commodity company to Sell from Neutral, sending it lower this morning.

Sanofi-Aventis (SNY): Shares get downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen.

Tupperware (TUP): BMO Capital Markets takes TUP to Market Perform from Outperform.

Velti (VELT): After yesterday's 8.77% market-bucking increase, RBC Capital Markets reduces its rating on the business software stock to Underperform from Sector Perform. Shares are slumping some 30% as I write.

(See also: New Stock Coverage: Trulia Inc Is on Easy Street and Stock Upgrades: Herbalife Ltd. Still Turning Bill Ackman's Hair 50 Shades of Gray .)



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