Stock Upgrades: Meet Stifel Financial in St. Louis

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Equities have thus far been on a record run in 2013 but, as any student of stock market history can tell you, after the bubble always comes the Baath . The Dow (INDEXDJX:.DJI), now down in eight of the past 10 sessions, tumbled to a two-month low amid an increasingly scary situation in Syria. Commodities were a clear beneficiary, with bullion now officially in a bull market from its June swoon after adding on another 2%. (They will find this all a bit bizarre in the great bazaar of Damascus, where gold has been sold for some 5,000 years.) With such an ancient history, the Middle East has always taken the long-term view. As they say in Afghanistan, " The West has all the watches, but we have all the time ." Maybe, but Movado ( MOV ) did just jump 10.50% to an all-time peak. Elsewhere Abercrombie & Fitch ( ANF ) fell a further 4.76%, closely followed by a 4.56% plunge in Chloraseptic and Luden's cough drops parent Prestige Brands ( PBH ). For the contentious CEO of the clothing company, the corpulent lassie - if not yet singing - is clearly starting to clear her throat .

Today in economics, analysts expect an increase in July pending home sales at 10:00 a.m. Eastern. In earnings action, Accor (OTCMKTS:ACRFF), Brown-Forman (NYSE:BF.B), Express ( EXPR ), Fresh Market ( TFM ), Guess (GES), Joy Global (JOY), Williams-Sonoma (WSM), and Zale Corp (ZLC) are all due to release results.

Delhaize Group (DEG): Citigroup boosts the Belgium-based grocer to Buy from Neutral, sending its stock up ahead of the opening bell.

Old National Bancorp (ONB): Shares are moved to Outperform from Market Perform at FIG Partners.

Statoil (STO): The Norwegian energy giant, whose shares are sharply higher ahead of the open, is now Buy from Neutral at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch. Shares are surging some 3% as a result of the broker boost.

Stifel Financial Corp. (SF): Raymond James raises the regional financial firm from Judy Garland's favorite city of St. Louis , Missouri to Outperform from Market Perform.

Tortoise Energy Infrastructure Corp. (TYG): Stifel takes TYG to Buy from Hold with a $47 price objective, which says it trades at an attractive 94.4% to Adjusted NAV (Net Asset Value.)

USG Corporation (USG): Longbow lifts the building materials outfit to Buy from Neutral.

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The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.

This article appears in: Investing , Stocks

Referenced Stocks: ANF , EXPR , MOV , PBH , TFM



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