A surge in global manufacturing activity sends the S&P 500 above 1,700 for the first time.
Indication that Europe is improving could not offset the negative sentiment ahead of more earnings and economic data.
The recent string of consistent gains is a rare event not seen in nearly 20 years.
Big changes in a short amount of time may signal an impending slide in these widely held names.
Family Dollar is downgraded to 'equal weight,' and FedEx is initiated with a 'buy.'
Hewlett-Packard is upgraded to 'buy,' and Citigroup initiates Internet stocks.
Chinese stocks plummet overnight on concerns over a liquidity crunch that further slow growth in the country.
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