With the looming fiscal cliff, these tech companies could announce one-time payments before the end of 2012.
Stocks gain as consumer confidence climbs and orders for core durable goods rise.
If Foxconn comes to own, the Mac maker will no longer have any excuses to avoid domestic production.
GlaxoSmithKline is downgraded to 'underperform,' while AstraZeneca is upgraded to 'neutral.'
Royal Bank of Canada is upgraded to 'outperform,' while TD Bank is downgraded to 'neutral.'
Urban Outfitters is upgraded at 2 firms, and Seattle Genetics is initiated with a 'hold.'
Stocks are mixed as Apple earnings weigh on the Nasdaq but improved outlooks from Boeing and Caterpillar support the Dow.
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