This week's highlights include quarterly reports from the two biggest companies by market capitalization, Apple and Exxon Mobil, which are expect to post declining earnings.
Under Armour is downgraded to 'neutral,' and Bristol-Myers is upgraded to 'overweight.'
Many factors affect innovations from the pharmaceutical sector.
Some firms believe it's the upcoming, lucrative product in cardiology care.
The deal provides access to a lucrative respiratory drug market as the company seeks to rebuild its pipeline.
Investors with an appetite for international exposure can find exciting opportunities in sectors as diverse as insurance, pharma and media.
Stocks are up about 1% as reports show consumer confidence climbs and home prices advance.
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Despite paying record fines and charging high fees, financial institutions are no longer hated.
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Breaking up big banks is an untested solution to the too big to fail problem that attempts to isolate and dismantle large, troubled institutions while protecting the rest of the economy.
More than half of online shoppers say they've purchased from sites whose security seemed questionable, and most said they would provide personal data not normally needed for a transaction.
The IRS is struggling to combat identify thieves who file fraudulent tax returns in the names of older residents who don't need to file.