Often favored for their dividends, REITs and utilities are clear victims of the Fed's taper talk.
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EBay is upgraded to 'buy,' and Yahoo is downgraded to 'hold.'
Riverbed is downgraded at 2 firms, and Activision Blizzard is upgraded to 'outperform.'
Boston Beer is initiated with a 'neutral,' and Target is downgraded to 'neutral.'
Roche is upgraded to 'overweight,' while Novartis is downgraded to 'equal weight.'
Taser is downgraded to 'neutral,' and Aeropostale is downgraded to above average.'
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