Procter & Gamble is downgraded to 'equal weight,' and Sprint is initiated with an 'underperform.'
These stocks have solid prospects for buy-and-hold investors seeking increased gains and income.
The rally shows its strength by shrugging off weakness in Japan and worries about next week's Fed meeting. Exxon, Chevron and Whole Foods report results.
Cabot Oil & Gas is initiated with an 'overweight,' and Merck is downgraded to 'market perform.'
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Stocks are up about 1% as reports show consumer confidence climbs and home prices advance.
Exelon is downgraded to 'hold,' and Jabil Circuit is initiated with a 'buy.'
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