Despite more jobless claims than expected and disappointing results from Exxon Mobil, stocks were up at midday.
Citrix Systems is upgraded to 'outperform,' and MetroPCS is downgraded to 'market perform.'
Novo Nordisk is downgraded to 'sell,' and IBM is downgraded to 'neutral.'
These fast-gaining shares carry high risk at current levels, and shareholders should lock in profits now.
Earnings show Akamai will ultimately emerge as a cloud-focused software company.
Amgen is downgraded to 'perform,' and 3M is downgraded to 'hold.'
Open Text is upgraded to 'buy,' while JDSU is downgraded to 'neutral.'
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