SanDisk is upgraded to 'overweight,' while AMD is downgraded to 'market perform.'
Mosaic is also downgraded to 'neutral,' and Michael Kors is initiated with an 'outperform.'
Research In Motion is upgraded to 'sector perform,' and Pfizer is initiated with an 'outperform.'
Transocean upgraded to 'neutral,' Carnival downgraded to 'hold.'
The firm also downgrades AMD, Intel and Marvell.
Goldman Sachs is both upgraded and downgraded, and Manchester United is initiated at 2 firms with a 'buy.'
Stocks get a modest boost from better-than-expected consumer confidence reading and leading economic indicators reports.
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