Goldman downgrades Royal Dutch Shell to 'sell' and upgrades ConocoPhillips to 'neutral.'
Both companies want to develop a replacement to the standard year-long injection treatment.
Stocks are mixed as news of surging US housing starts partially offsets disappointing earnings from 2 of tech's biggest names.
If you aren't in 1 of these 3 areas, you are playing an earnings-and-macro game that rides more on luck than skill.
Construction of new homes climbed 15% in September. Big earnings are from IBM, BAC and PEP.
Stocks are higher as report shows surprisingly strong retail sales in September.
As earnings season gets under way, watch these heavy hitters in the medical devices industry.
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