For the first time in September, Mister Market was left
abandoned at the altar by Lady Luck. (Even if, as this month enters
middle age, it is
increasingly difficult to tell the twain apart
S&P 500 Index
(INDEXSP:.INX) snapped its winning streak on a day both genders had
a say. Yoga apparel maker
), whose transparent pants issue in the spring may have been an
ingenious attempt to attract more males to a predominately female
discipline, fell 5.40%. This as
), whose sluggishness in
selling to half the human race
is clearly costing it business, tumbled an NYSE-worst 12.10%. The
company, today of all days, is
blaming the number 13 for its awful earnings
), which dropped 1.92% in posting the
(INDEXDJX:.DJI) poorest performance, knows all about
triskaidekaphobia. Remarkably, three times last year it released
results on Friday the 13th, most memorably with the
tale of the "teapot tempest" in April
. Mercifully, the London Whale appears not to have inflicted any
collateral damage on Shamu, whose
) surged 7.64%.
Today in economics, the preliminary Thomson Reuters/University of
Michigan September consumer sentiment survey is out at 9:55 a.m.
Eastern, and July business inventories follow at 10:00 a.m. On the
Pier 1 Imports
) is the pick of quarterly earnings announcements.
(CPK): Shares are upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital, whose
price objective is $58.
(NYSECMC): The stock is now Neutral from Underperform at Bank of
(FINL): FINL is upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at Piper
(INDEXDJX:.DJI) component is trading higher today after getting
upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies, which takes its target to
$30 from $27. Better, and cheaper, chips are seen as a catalyst.
): LULU is lifted to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse.
Managed Care Companies
(AET) is now Buy from Neutral at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch,
(WLP) to Neutral from Underperform.
(MGM): Shares are moved to Buy from Hold at Argus, whose target is
$23. Earnings in Las Vegas are seen as increasing.
(SWY): The grocer gets upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at
(VZ): The Dow component, which is
moving its New York City headquarters uptown
, is increased to Overweight from Equal-Weight at Evercore. Its
(VOD) deal is seen as a positive. Speaking of which…
: Shares also get upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at
(WFT): The oil services name is now Outperform from Neutral at
(WEN): The fast food firm is hoisted to Hold from Underweight at
KeyBanc Capital Markets.
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