Five short months into 2013, the planet's best performing stock market of 2012 literally can't afford to wipe its backside . So investors may eventually give our own bull run the bum's rush. For now, however, let's just marvel at how far - 146%, to be precise - we have come from the Haines bottom . (Not to be confused with Hanesbrands ( HBI ), an underwear stock that is now up 102.82% in the past year, having finished at a fresh historic high on Friday.) A new iPad commode will be scant consolation for both Caracas and Cupertino, especially after Apple Inc. ( AAPL ) imploded 4.4% in a week when the Nasdaq (^IXIC) added on another 1.82% to finish at its best level since 2000. 13 years ago SisqÃ³ - whose briefs would make anyone blush - topped the pop charts and Cisco ( CSCO ) briefly boasted the world's best market cap. 13 years on, the former remains firmly a one-hit wonder but the latter, fresh from jumping a Dow (^DJI) best 14.9%, may have more staying power.
No top-tier economic data due today, but earnings announcements are expected out of Campbell Soup ( CPB ), Qihoo 360 Technology (QIHU), Ryanair (OTCMKTS:RYAAY), TiVo Inc. (TIVO), and Urban Outfitters (URBN).
Acquity Group (AQ): Shares gets downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform by William Blair.
Bank of America (BAC): The blue chip, a key Dow (^DJI) component, is cut to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette, which would take profits after a recent breakout to new highs.
Bank of Ireland (IRE): Deutsche Bank downgrades its fellow financial to Sell from Hold.
Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY): Shares are taken to Hold from Buy at Jefferies.
Capella Education (CPLA): Stifel reduces its recommendation to Hold from Buy.
CarMax (KMX): The auto outfit gets cut to Market Perform from Outperform by William Blair.
Cavium Networks (CAVM): CAVM is now Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities.
Children's Place (PLCE): Susquehanna reduces the retailer to Neutral from Positive.
Financials : Keefe moves money manager BlackRock (BLK) to Market Perform from Outperform and downgrades discount brokers Charles Schwab (SCHW) and TD Ameritrade (AMTD) to Underperform from Market Perform.
Dunkin' Brands ( DNKN ): The donut stock is lowered to Neutral from Buy at Longbow. Shares, which have surged 33.84% over the past year and hit a fresh peak last week, are due a breather. The stock is, accordingly, off 1.3% this morning.
Equifax (EFX): Shares get downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman Sachs.
Fast Food : Chili's owner Brinker International (EAT) and Ruby Tuesday (RT) are each reduced to Market Perform from Outperform with Wells Fargo.
Kansas City Southern (KSU): The railroad is slashed to Sell from Hold at Stifel.
Leap Wireless (LEAP): LEAP gets lowered to Sell from Hold by Deutsche Bank.
Lowe's (LOW): A steep valuation, allied to store execution issues, sees Oppenheimer reduce the home improvement retailer to Perform from Outperform.
MicroStrategy (MSTR): JMP Securities moves the tech stock to Market Perform from Outperform.
NetApp (NTAP): NTAP is now Underperform from Neutral at Robert W. Baird, which cites both competitive and structural issues.
Red Hat (RHT): RHT gets reduced to Market Perform from Outperform with a $54 price objective at BMO Capital Markets. Sharp recent stock price gains, especially amid softness in many key metrics, are unsustainable the broker believes.
SanDisk (SNDK): The stock is clipped to Neutral from Buy at Nomura.
Synovus (SNV): Goldman Sachs slashes its fellow financial firm to Sell from Neutral.
Thoratec (THOR): THOR gets taken to Neutral from Buy at Goldman.