Stocks are higher as movement in Washington on some battleground issues is viewed as progress toward a compromise.
Exxon Mobil is downgraded to 'neutral,' and TiVo is initiated with a 'buy.'
Stocks are lower, extending the slide that began late Wednesday following Ben Bernanke's press conference.
Stocks are higher amid optimism that budget negotiations between the White House and Republicans have progressed behind closed doors.
Randgold Resources is downgraded to 'neutral,' and Kinross Gold is upgraded to 'buy.'
The carrier buys a majority stake in the wireless Internet provider to take on rivals Verizon and AT&T.
China reports a slew of economic data as investors await US economic reports.
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