The Federal Reserve surprised markets by keeping its stimulus measures intact.
You can dislike a company but still think the shares are going to go higher. Should you play 'whatever's working now'?
Kellogg is downgraded to 'underweight,' and Valeant is initiated with a 'conviction buy.'
Adobe and Pier 1 will report earnings, ConAgra could boost its dividend, Alcoa will be removed from the Dow Jones, and August housing starts will be announced.
Nokia is upgraded to 'buy,' and Take-Two is downgraded to 'sector perform.'
But investors are still hungry for the above-average dividend yields they offer.
Can't companies see the positive transformation these deals bring? What are these putative buyers scared of?
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