Sony is upgraded to 'buy,' and JoS. A. Bank is downgraded to 'equal weight.'
Stocks are lower as earnings reports and economic data do little to spur the markets.
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Right now it may be the main thing that's propping up shares of the gene sequencing company.
Bristol-Myers Squibb is upgraded to 'conviction buy' at Goldman, and Yelp is initiated with a 'neutral' at Piper Jaffray.
Fiserv is downgraded to 'neutral,' and Agilent is initiated with an 'overweight.'
Siemens is upgraded to 'buy,' and Viacom is downgraded to 'above average.'
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