Stocks surge to new highs after a big hedge-fund manager says he's 'definitely bullish.' Plus, traders are cheered by falling government deficits.
Stocks are mixed, with the S&P barely clinging to gains, the Nasdaq weighed on by a post-earnings decline in Apple, and the Dow dragged on by the under-performance of AT&T and P&G.
Halliburton is upgraded to 'buy,' and DeVry is downgraded to 'hold.'
Earnings issues linger in every sector and guidance disappoints.
Constellation Brands is downgraded to 'neutral,' and Verizon is upgraded to 'overweight.'
Home Depot is downgraded to 'market perform,' and Potash is downgraded to 'hold.'
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As geopolitical tensions threaten to spin out of control, investors are wondering how best to position their portfolios for the global turmoil.
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Breaking up big banks is an untested solution to the too big to fail problem that attempts to isolate and dismantle large, troubled institutions while protecting the rest of the economy.
Occupy Wall Street bought and forgave the student loan debt of more than 2,700 Everest College students.
Six weeks later, most Americans have forgotten about the 2014 tax season -- except those who didn't file by the April 15 deadline.
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