Ratings agency Moody's also kept a negative outlook on the rating.
As we near the end of 2012, these companies may elicit a rally before 2013 becomes a reality.
3 companies are expected to continue reacting to recent news, while 2 are due to report earnings next week.
Earnings growth is modest at best as companies have struggled to show rising revenue. The dollar is a big part of the problem. So is economic weakness in Europe and China.
SanDisk is upgraded to 'overweight,' while AMD is downgraded to 'market perform.'
As Facebook showed, Wall Street's IPO process is plenty noisy.
One company is executing beautifully, another is turning a corner, and the third is unfairly maligned. If you have some time, give them a look.
The ECB is considering yield band targets for a new bond-buying program. Orders for US durable goods jump, but the core number slides. Fed stimulus hopes fade. Autodesk plunges on disappointing results. Eli Lilly rallies on an Alzheimer's study.
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