Applications for unemployment insurance rise unexpectedly. Sales of new homes climb. Weak economic reports out of Europe and China overshadow hopes for more Fed stimulus. HP's shares slip after its revenue misses forecasts.
AK Steel is upgraded to 'buy,' and VeriFone is downgraded to 'neutral.'
Valero Energy is upgraded to 'buy,' and IMAX is initiated with a 'buy.'
The producer is trying to combat poor conditions by boosting prices.
Grainger is upgraded to 'buy,' while Brinker is downgraded to 'outperform.'
Two steel companies announce weak guidance as prices fall.
Disney is downgraded to 'above average' and Time Warner is upgraded to 'market perform.'
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