Altria is upgraded to 'buy,' and Red Robin is downgraded to 'neutral.'
The list of outperforming sectors points to more good fortune next year, but it might not be advisable to back up the truck just yet.
September unemployment declined to nearly a 4-year low as employers added 114,000 jobs. Zynga shares continue to tumble. Facebook shares fall on Zynga concerns. Avon's former CEO steps down as executive chairman.
It has opened the door for other players to approach the car-sharing company as an interesting buyout target.
Stocks are slightly higher, with Apple's big patent win over Samsung helping to support the Nasdaq.
Traders are taking a wait-and-see approach ahead of Bernanke's speech Friday and the ECB chief's address Saturday. Apple surges on a court victory in a patent battle with Samsung.
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