Tech stocks are out of favor, and cheap as a result. But the sector should get a boost -- starting in the year's second half -- as corporations start spending their IT budgets.
Dismal conditions in the PC market are hobbling the world's largest semiconductor maker. But Intel is making the investments it needs to excel in other markets.
The company makes stealth moves in markets others have given up on.
Mosaic is upgraded to 'outperform,' and General Electric is downgraded to 'neutral.'
Big Lots is both downgraded and upgraded, and Angie's List is initiated with an 'overweight.'
Stocks manage to withstand a disappointment from the biggest name in technology on the strength of some other encouraging earnings reports.
Netflix is both upgraded and downgraded, and SanDisk is upgraded to 'buy.'
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