Markets and mercury both reached fresh peaks last week, with New
York temperatures topping out at a record 71 degrees for
yesterday's first full day of winter. Thus does the
S&P 500 Index
(INDEXSP:.INX) stand on the brink of its best year since 1998, back
ruled the radio. That was the year Henry Blodget made a career by
would hit $400 within 12 months
; on Friday, its
split-adjusted shares finally did
. 1998 was also when
) iconic little blue pill was approved, and last week it inked an
agreement for a
generic version of Viagra
. (Alas, it was tough
getting investors to stand at attention
, what with so much else going on in equities.)
), which Bill Ackman intends to haunt to the "
end of the Earth
" surged 17.89% to a historic high but
Mr. End of the World sadly didn't live to see
. If Camping can no longer go camping in a
) that may be for the best, after its stock fell 15.9%.
It's slim pickings for earnings announcements at the start of this
holiday-shortened week, but
) released results earlier this morning. In terms of economic
events that may move US stock markets today, the University of
Michigan's final figure for December consumer confidence is
predicted to improve from its preliminary pace at 9:55 a.m.
(BBRY): It may be back down to Earth for BlackBerry today, which
surged some 15.52% on Friday. This morning Hudson Square slashes
the stock to Sell from Hold.
(CCIX): BB&T Capital Markets cuts Coleman Cable stock to Hold
from Buy. The shares are no longer trading on fundamentals
following an acquisition offer.
(MU): The maker of DRAM (Dynamic Random-Access Memory) memory chips
gets lowered to Underperform from Neutral by Bank of
America-Merrill Lynch. As a result, Micron Technology stock is
currently tumbling 3.02% in today's pre-market trading.
Navios Maritime Partners
(NMM): JPMorgan moves the limited partnership to Neutral from
(MKTG): Application software outfit Responsys gets reduced to
Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse. Shares surged 40.34% on
Friday after being bought by
(ORCL) for $1.5 billion.
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