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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