11 S&P 500 companies are set to report Thursday.
A speculative solar play and a conservative bank both rank as top contrarian buys for the new year.
This is a conservative financial sector play that even Warren Buffett is banking on.
Darden is downgraded to 'neutral,' and Burger King is initiated with a 'buy.'
The industry's consolidation, which comes as private equity hits the exits, may not be a winning trade.
Stocks are slightly higher, with Apple's big patent win over Samsung helping to support the Nasdaq.
Jefferies is downgraded to 'sell,' and Micron is initiated with an 'outperform.'
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