Although the oil giant is in an attractive position to make acquisitions, obvious candidate Chesapeake Energy most likely won't be a target.
Ultimately, the market has a nice bias to the upside with very little data ahead of it.
Stocks rise and the S&P manages to take and hold the 1,400 level, at least for now.
Kraft is upgraded to 'buy,' while Progressive is downgraded to 'neutral.'
Earnings season is wrappping up with Dillard's, Tyson and Cognizant reporting today.
The bank's CEO resigns as well, and the software maker buys aQuantive.
Reports claim the company colluded with EnCana to keep land prices down in Michigan.
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