The financial sector will be well represented, with quarterly reports due from the likes of Goldman Sachs and American Express, as well as the tech sector.
VeriFone is upgraded to 'outperform,' and MannKind is downgraded to 'underperform.'
Cabot Oil & Gas is initiated with an 'overweight,' and Merck is downgraded to 'market perform.'
Barrick Gold is downgraded to 'neutral,' while Google and Starbucks are initiated with a 'buy.'
Regional banks have survived the worst of the mortgage and credit crisis. Here are a trio of opportunities in this sub-sector.
Oracle, VMware are downgraded to 'sell,' and Dollar Tree is initiated with a 'buy .'
Markets are set to recover some losses as gold prices bounce.
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