Big Lots is initiated with a 'buy,' and Herbalife is downgraded to 'hold.'
Darden is downgraded to 'neutral,' and Burger King is initiated with a 'buy.'
Discussions over next tranche of aid among Troika members are ongoing.
Fast food and fine dining are showing signs of recovery, but casual chains are squeezed by the current economy.
A report commissioned by Congress recommends that restaurants cut back on sodium -- a move that could hurt profits.
Stocks are lower despite jobless claims, which came in below expectations for a second straight week.
Sirius XM is upgraded to 'equal weight' at Barclays, while Tim Hortons is downgraded to 'sell' at Goldman.
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