Wall Street will pay close attention to reports from Wal-Mart, Macy's and Kohl's as the holiday shopping season gets underway.
Finisar is upgraded to 'outperform,' and Marathon Oil is downgraded to 'neutral.'
Elan is upgraded to 'market perform,' and Affymax is downgraded to 'neutral.'
Cirrus Logic is downgraded to 'perform,' and Infosys is upgraded to 'buy.'
Kraft is downgraded to 'hold,' Express Scripts is upgraded to 'outperform,' and Altera is initiated with a 'reduce.'
Technical action in the popular ETF and rampant bearish sentiment suggest that a buying opportunity could be set up in coming weeks.
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The offering could become the second-biggest this year if underwriters exercise an option to buy more shares.
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