Stocks are mixed as investors appear to be in a holding pattern until more clarity on the fiscal cliff emerges.
Groupon is downgraded to 'equal weight,' while Isis Pharmaceuticals is upgraded to 'outperform.'
Blackstone, Carlyle and Silver Lake are among the bidders for this electronic health records company.
3 homebuilders are upgraded at JPMorgan, and Select Medical is downgraded at 3 firms.
Investors lose confidence that the ECB will stem the region's debt crisis. In the US, unemployment filings decline, the trade deficit narrows, and wholesale inventories drop.
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Serious issues like drought and the deterioration of the developed world spell opportunity for this industry leader.
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