. Just as I was all set to write that the
(INDEXDJX:.DJI) is now down for 12 of its past 15 sessions, you go
get nominated for Fed head and rescue stocks from their recent
Rocky Horror Picture Show
. (Although it should be noted that, amid the green ink elsewhere,
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
) fell 1.03%, presumably on fears she will shortly end the central
bank's long-running sugar rush.) While
one graybeard prepared for unemployment
, we saw
another endure posthumous pain
as the Colonel's Kentucky Fried
) slid an
(INDEXSP:.INX)-worst 6.76%, suffering some bare naked short selling
amid ongoing Beijing blues. (Something to do with there not being
enough customers for its
Chickity China the Chinese chicken
Meredith Whitney, in the news again, "
didn't return calls,
), up a
(INDEXDJX:.DJI)-best 1.93%, doesn't need her business.
), which this year bought bought Joseph Abboud for $97.5 million,
jumped 27.78% to top the NYSE. This after rebuffing an unsolicited
Joseph A. Bank Clothiers
), itself up 6.41%. There
may be a musical in there somewhere
Today's quarterly earnings announcements are due to include
(AIXG): Shares are now Underweight from Neutral at HSBC Securities.
(ARIA): Barclays reduces its rating to Underweight from Equal
(CTXS): Shares, tumbling 12% ahead of the open, are removed from
JPMorgan's Conviction Buy List.
(GSK): The pharmaceutical giant gets downgraded to Underperform
from Neutral at Credit Suisse.
(LF): LF is lowered to Neutral from Buy at Ascendiant Capital
(MAKO): Shares, no longer trading on fundamentals after a buyout
bid, are now Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray.
(RT): We can be heroes, just for one day? David Bowie
had it about right
. Shares, which surged 4.28% on
Wednesday's broker boost
, are imploding 11% this morning amid subsequent earnings angst.
Adding to the agony, Raymond James reduces its rating to
Underperform from Market Perform.
(SNE): The maker of PlayStation consoles gets slashed to Neutral
from Buy at Citigroup.
New Stock Coverage: Green Is the New Black for
Stock Upgrades: PC Era Over? Hewlett-Packard Didn't Get