General Motors is upgraded to 'buy,' and Alcoa is downgraded to 'hold .'
After buying Cost Plus World Market earlier this year, the home goods seller may be looking to expand alcohol sales.
Oracle is upgraded to 'outperform,' and Medivation is initiated with a 'buy.'
The home-furnishings chain is only the latest retailer to serve up a disappointing outlook as consumer malaise spreads.
Stocks slump on weak economic data from the US and China.
The drugstore lowers sales guidance for the year, and the open source software provider reports weak billings.
The software maker's outlook disappoints, and the consumer-products giant reduces profit and revenue forecast.
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