Stock Downgrades: Mannkind Suffers the Cruelest Cut

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The "rule of three" worked a treat in equities, with all three major indices up for a third straight session to start September. (Don't get too complacent, though, for double trouble looms with an ominous increase in bold yields to 3% and an imminent third bailout in Athens.) On the downside, AT&T Inc. ( T ) dropped a Dow (INDEXDJX:.DJI)-worst 1.19%, although yesterday a Today host tried to i nadvertently enliven a terrible telecom tape . Moving swiftly from Hoda to Yoda, Star Wars creator and megabucks Starbucks ( SBUX ) investor George Lucas saw his stock score a broker boost , yet still drop. Clearly, there was a twist in the tail for the coffee company. So to speak .

Today's quarterly earnings announcements are expected to include Layne Christensen ( LAYN ), Mattress Firm Holding ( MFRM ), Smithfield Foods ( SFD ), and UTi Worldwide (UTIW).

Andersons, Inc. (ANDE): The agribusiness outfit gets downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T Capital.

InterXion (INXN): Oppenheimer cuts the Internet information provider to Perform from Outperform amid market oversupply and migration to more internal data traffic.

Mannkind Corporation (MNKD): The biotech is lowered to Underperform from Neutral by Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, sending it falling more than 4% before the opening bell.

M&T Bank (MTB): Credit Suisse reduces the regional bank to Neutral from Outperform.

(See also: New Stock Coverage: Don't Be a Jerk -- Buy BMW and Stock Upgrades: Days of Wine and Roses at Constellation Brands .)



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Referenced Stocks: LAYN , MFRM , SBUX , SFD , T

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