Boeing is downgraded to 'underweight,' and Vivus is downgraded to 'sell.'
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Investors love the very companies they disdained just 6 months ago, and this turn of events is just getting started.
Mattel is upgraded to 'buy,' and Qualcomm is initiated with a 'buy.'
Stocks are lower again as investors shift their focus from the fiscal cliff to the fourth-quarter earnings season, set to unofficially kick off after the closing bell.
As earnings season kicks off, the euro continues to affect US equities.
Alcoa kicks off the season Tuesday, and Wells Fargo is set to post results Friday.
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