A week dominated by
saw equities unable to get out of the sickbed, with Congressional
gridlock condemning the
(INDEXDJX:.DJI) to a 1.25% drop. As
Saturday Night Live
returned to our TV screens,
) plunged 30.2% in its worst week ever after announcing Dennis
Miller would temporarily take charge of its accounting. Admittedly,
this Dennis Miller
, but as Hillary might say, "What difference, at this point, does
it make?" During the trial of the century in 1995, the comedian
memorably called O.J. Simpson's alibi "shakier than Katharine
Hepburn's head in a helicopter" and
) - which fell on the week 14.1% - is still suffering
guilt by association
Ms. Hepburn's fellow Connecticut blue blood Martha Stewart,
meanwhile, raged against
failing to swiftly fix her iPad
. Maybe that
BBC presenter who mistook his for a wad of
was on to something, especially after twin tree-killers
) rose a respective 10.77% and 11.26%. And an overture to Iran
its returning president being pelted with eggs
(Green, presumably. Or perhaps the soft shell offerings of
America's biggest egg producer
(CALM), which missed earnings estimates by some $0.13 earlier this
Today in economics, analysts expect an uptick in September's
Purchasing Managers' Index at 9:45 a.m Eastern. On the corporate
(PKE) are all due to release quarterly results.
(ACN): The consulting company gets upgraded to Hold from Sell at
SociÃ©tÃ© GÃ©nÃ©rale. Its price objective, previously $70,
increases to $75.
(OTCMKTS:AFLYY): HSBC Securities hoists the stock to Overweight
(ARIA): Pointing to the company's impressive pipeline, particularly
as regards the crizotinib-refractory setting, Oppenheimer increases
its investment assessment to Outperform from Perform and also takes
its target price up by $1 to $24.
Banco Santander Brasil
(BSBR): Citigroup raises its recommendation to Neutral from Sell.
(BBRY): Shares are boosted to Market Perform from Underperform by
Chipotle Mexican Grill
(CMG): Morgan Stanley moves the fast food firm to Overweight from
(CHUY): The Tex-Mex restaurant operator is upgraded to Outperform
from Neutral at Robert W. Baird.
(CIT): Janney juices its fellow financial firm to Buy from Neutral.
The price objective, previously $52, is now $58.
(CL): Morgan Stanley moves the consumer products giant to
Overweight from Equal Weight, citing its prospects for good sales
Enduro Royalty Trust
(NDRO): Shares are raised to Neutral from Underperform by Robert W.
(SJM): The peanut butter powerhouse, whose other brands include
Jif, is now Buy from Neutral at Citigroup. Price deflation next
year augurs well for the stock, in the bank's estimation.
(MRO): Argus upgrades the energy outfit to Buy from Hold.
(SHPG): JPMorgan boosts the biopharmaceutical firm to Overweight
from Neutral, sending it up in today's overseas trading.
(CODE): The semiconductor stock is increased to Overweight from
Equal Weight by Barclays.
(TI): TI is taken to Neutral from Underweight at JP Morgan.
(OTCMKTS:WIMHY): The British bookmaker, whose arch rival
(OTCMKTS:LDBKY) imploded 11% last week, is trading higher in London
today after being boosted to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank.
(XLNX): Pacific Crest takes the tech stock to Outperform from
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