There are plenty of quarterly reports on deck. Here's what to expect from some of the biggest names.
DreamWorks is downgraded to 'neutral,' and Splunk is initiated with a 'neutral.'
Under Armour is downgraded to 'neutral,' and Bristol-Myers is upgraded to 'overweight.'
Apple is downgraded to 'sell,' and TELUS is upgraded to 'outperform.'
Yum Brands is downgraded to 'neutral,' and ConocoPhillips is upgraded to 'strong buy.'
The Wall Street averages are mixed and drifting at midday, as is typical for the dog days of August following the end of earnings season.
Don't wait to sell as more defense spending cuts are coming next week.
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