Staples is upgraded to 'neutral,' and Baidu is downgraded to 'underperform.'
These quality stocks have raised their payouts annually for at least 20 years.
Stocks are almost unchanged following 3 straight days of triple-digit moves for the Dow.
Boeing is downgraded to 'underweight,' and Vivus is downgraded to 'sell.'
Boston Scientific is upgraded to 'outperform,' and ARM Holdings is downgraded to 'equal weight.'
Mattel is upgraded to 'buy,' and Qualcomm is initiated with a 'buy.'
SunPower is upgraded to 'buy,' and Biogen is downgraded to 'neutral.'
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