Stock Upgrades: Tony Hayward, of BP Infamy, Gets His Life Back at Glencore Xstrata
expect modest taper." "Fed likely to start tapering bond-buying
say." "Fed to begin tapering, say
." And then the inevitable, "Expert views on Fed decision: 'This is
.'" Moral of the story? There are no experts. Actually, maybe a
single one does exist on all of Wall Street. A shout-out to
Bank of America-Merrill Lynch
), the only bulge-bracket brokerage to accurately bet that Ben
Bernanke's bond buying binge wasn't yet at an end. In a fairer
world, all other expensively-remunerated economists would now be
looking for alternative employment after failing to predict a move
that sent the
(INDEXDJX:.DJI) to another record. The
famously lazy Maytag repairman
can also count himself lucky to still be pulling in a paycheck. Not
only that, his stock options surged yesterday after corporate
) rose 4.74% to an historic high on an
. (At Merrill again, no less. Not a bad day for the firm.) Other
stocks reaching all-time peaks included coffee king
) and also, oddly enough, firearms firm
Brothers in arms
, you may say.
Today in economics, we get a trio of reports at 10:00 a.m. Eastern, in the form of August leading indicators and existing-home sales, and the Philadelphia Fed Survey for September. On the corporate earnings front, ConAgra ( CAG ), Pier 1 Imports (PIR), Rite Aid (RAD), and Scholastic (SCHL) are all due to report results.
Crimson Exploration (CXPO): Shares get upgraded to Buy from Hold at MLV & Co.
Diageo plc (DEO): The alcohol maker is moved to Outperform from Perform by Sanford Bernstein.
Glencore Xstrata (OTCMKTS:GLNCY): The commodity company, temporarily headed by wayward Tony Hayward of BP Plc (BP) infamy , is up sharply in today's London trading after being taken to Outperform from Neutral by BNP Paribas.
Groupon (GRPN): Stifel hoists the daily deals site to Buy from Hold. The stock's target price is $16 amid increased optimism over its growth opportunities.
OraSure (OSUR): Raymond James raises its recommendation to Outperform from Market Perform.
Time Warner (TWX): TWX is taken to Overweight from Equal-Weight at Morgan Stanley.
Travelers (TRV): Saying the stock offers investors attractive relative value, FBR Capital increases its investment assessment on the Dow member to Outperform from Perform. Its price objective, previously $84, is now $94.
(See also: New Stock Coverage: Exciting New Chapter for Facebook and Stock Downgrades: Dr Pepper Not Worth Its Salt . )