Hewlett-Packard is downgraded to 'hold,' and Facebook is initiated with an 'outperform.'
Positive manufacturing reports in the US and China boost stocks.
Wal-Mart and McDonald's are downgraded to 'hold,' and Intuitive Surgical is initiated with an 'outperform.'
The fast-food sector purports to go healthier, but it's hard to resist bacon's siren call.
Adobe is upgraded to 'sector perform,' and Agrium is initiated with a 'neutral.'
A portfolio of these high-calorie stocks would see double-digit increases.
Williams is upgraded to 'conviction buy' at Goldman, and ONEOK Partners is downgraded to 'sell' Goldman.
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