Vitamin Shoppe is downgraded to 'neutral' from 'buy' and Intel is upgraded to 'buy' from 'hold.'
The draconian fee is targeted at high-cost health insurance plans, but unions are balking at reducing benefits. The result may be job losses.
Also in focus is the first reading of second quarter GDP as well as a slew of other economic data.
These stand-alone facilities are spreading in affluent communities, but hospitals and insurance companies see them as unfair competitors.
Stocks are higher as a report on rising home prices along with some better-than-expected earnings reports support the market.
Investors look to earnings and to a slew of economic reports due out this week.
The rally shows its strength by shrugging off weakness in Japan and worries about next week's Fed meeting. Exxon, Chevron and Whole Foods report results.
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