Jobless claims climb less than expected, and US factory orders fall less than forecast. The ECB holds rates steady as Draghi says the ECB is ready to buy bonds. Google warns of more cuts at Motorola. Facebook now has 1 billion active users.
Applied Materials is downgraded to 'underperform,' and American Express is initiated with a 'neutral.'
UBS initiates Dell with a 'neutral' and Hewlett-Packard with a 'sell.'
Stocks are mixed as optimism about a plan to help Spain's banks is tempered by profit warnings from tech companies.
Adobe is downgraded at 2 firms, while Applied Materials is upgraded to 'overweight.'
Nasdaq is downgraded at 2 firms, and Dendreon is initiated with an 'underperform.'
McDonald's is downgraded to 'neutral,' and Akamai is upgraded to 'buy.'
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