But before getting involved in this sector, investors should remember that high volatility is the norm, and proper diversification is critical.
A lot of investors are betting these are going to fail. The No. 1 spot may surprise you.
A couple companies reporting this week are looking for a spark to turn around dismal stock performances, while others are hoping to keep upward momentum alive.
InterMune is upgraded to 'buy,' and Mead Johnson is downgraded to 'neutral.'
MetroPCS is upgraded to 'outperform,' and J.C. Penney is initiated at 2 firms.
Stocks pare earlier losses, but concerns about Spain weigh on markets around the world.
Allscripts, Deckers Outdoor and InterMune are downgraded.
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