In this Investor Beat: Research firm IDC reports that global shipments of personal computers declined 14% in the first quarter. What does this mean for investors? Also, some stocks making big moves today.
Stocks are higher as initial jobless claims pulled back to fall below the 350,000 level.
Toll Brothers is upgraded to 'neutral,' and Nordstrom is initiated with a 'buy.'
Zynga is downgraded to 'neutral,' and The Fresh Market is initiated with a 'strong buy.'
Industry-focused regulations are a bigger driver of IT spending than executive orders.
Akamai is upgraded to 'overweight,' and Google is initiated with an 'outperform.'
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