Molycorp is downgraded to 'equal weight, and F5 Networks is upgraded to 'buy.'
While German data are surprisingly weak, Chinese reports indicate the slowdown in growth had eased.
The Dow shows a small loss, but Apple shares reverse to end the day higher. Google slips. September auto sales are the best since 2008. Spanish premier Rajoy says a bailout request isn't 'imminent.' T-Mobile may buy MetroPCS.
GlaxoSmithKline is downgraded to 'underperform,' while AstraZeneca is upgraded to 'neutral.'
Advances in biotech research should alleviate concerns about the widespread use of genetically modified seeds.
Facebook is upgraded to 'market perform,' while Las Vegas Sands is downgraded to 'hold.'
Dow Chemical is downgraded to 'neutral,' and eBay is initiated with a 'buy.'
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