Twenty-four hours after a
Brit wins Wimbledon for the first time in 77
National Bank of Greece
) surges 19.81% to top the entire NYSE. Cynics may say these are
sure signs of the apocalypse but for now let's just sit back and
enjoy. Among stocks in the news,
) jumped an
(^GSPC)-best 4.91%. Its Chinese equivalent
) fell 4.17% but it's only money; a new study shows
the fossil fuel shaved fully half a decade off
in the land of the one-child policy. And speaking of tiny tots,
exactly nine months after Super Storm Sandy the sidewalks of New
abound with pregnant women
. Unfortunately, newborn care company
) isn't seeing any halo effect, having just slumped 13.23% to post
(^IXIC) poorest performance.
There are no top-tier economic reports released today. On the
earnings front, expect quarterly announcements out of
Helen of Troy
Wolverine World Wide
AB Volvo (ADR)
(VOLVY): JPMorgan moves the Swedish car company to Neutral from
Acuity Brands, Inc.
(AYI): Canaccord Genuity cuts the company to Hold from Buy.
Barrick Gold Corporation (USA)
(ABX): More bad news for the slumping commodity company, downgraded
to Hold from Buy at Stifel amid a precipitous plunge in bullion
prices. Its $800 million annual dividend is a prime candidate to be
cut in an environment of ongoing third quarter write-downs.
Canadian National Railway (USA)
(CNI): Shares are slashed to Sector Perform from Outperform at CIBC
E I Du Pont De Nemours And Co
(DD): Chemicals company DuPont, a key
(^DJI) component, gets cut to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie.
(GNTX): Robert W. Baird reduces its rating to Neutral from Buy.
Helmerich & Payne, Inc.
(HP): Jefferies reduces its rating to Hold from Buy.
International Business Machines Corp.
(IBM): Big blues for big blue, with the blue chip tech name taken
to Neutral from Buy at Goldman Sachs.
Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
(ISRG): The maker of da Vinci medical robots, imploding 14.70% as I
write after issuing iffy earnings guidance, gets downgraded to Hold
from Buy at Canaccord Genuity. Hospital capital spending
constraints are a genuine concern, the broker believes.
Nokia Corporation (ADR)
(NOK): Swedbank takes the Finnish telecom firm to Neutral from Buy.
Quest Diagnostics Inc
(DGX): Morgan Stanley moves the stock to Underweight from
Ryder System, Inc.
(R): Shares are downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T Capital.
Siemens AG (ADR)
(SI): The German firm is trading higher in Europe today after a
Hold-from-Sell hoist at Deutsche Bank.
Wells Fargo & Co
(WFC): Shares are now Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna.
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Its Impressive Turnaround