MasterCard is downgraded to 'neutral,' and Nike is initiated with a 'neutral.'
The government has been borrowing money on the cheap and lending it out at a premium, reaping huge profits.
Raymond James is upgrading solar stocks and JC Penney is downgraded to 'neutral.'
It costs less to increase a customer's loyalty than to get a new one. MasterCard has done this to gain big profits -- and an edge over rival Visa.
Both Office Max and Office Depot are downgraded to 'neutral.'
Constellation Brands is downgraded to 'neutral,' and Verizon is upgraded to 'overweight.'
Debt is big business, and companies that serve the needs of borrowers and lenders can be a great investment.
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