The major oil explorer's pact with China and the sale of some of its assets boost the stock's allure.
Stocks are lower as the market's worst month in some time looks set to have a fitting last day of trading.
OmniVision is downgraded to 'hold,' and Apache is upgraded to 'outperform.'
Weyerhaeuser is upgraded to 'buy,' and Zynga is initiated with a 'sell.'
Trulia is downgraded to 'sector perform,' and PulteGroup is upgraded to 'outperform.'
The rally shows its strength by shrugging off weakness in Japan and worries about next week's Fed meeting. Exxon, Chevron and Whole Foods report results.
MasterCard, Apache and3D Systems report earnings. June construction report is due. Facebook soars on mobile revenues.
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