The ECB downplays a report about planned bond buying to stem the region's debt crisis. Aetna will buy Coventry Health in a $5.7 billion deal. Lowe's slumps on weak earnings. Apple hits a new high as Facebook is up from new low.
Stocks get a modest boost from better-than-expected consumer confidence reading and leading economic indicators reports.
Viacom is upgraded to 'outperform,' and Marvell is downgraded to 'sector perform.'
Leading economic indicators are also up. Global markets climb as Germany's Merkel backs the euro and the ECB. Apple hits a new high. Gap beats estimates, while Aeropostale misses. Marvell's results disappoint, and Groupon drops on a downgrade.
Someday we'll look back on all the handwringing about the migration to mobile and laugh.
Stocks get a lift after better-than-expected retail sales figures.
Palo Alto is initiated with a 'buy' at Goldman, and Elan is upgraded to 'buy' at UBS.
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