Dahlman Rose downgrades steel companies, and Whole Foods is initiated with an 'outperform.'
Applications for unemployment insurance rise unexpectedly. Sales of new homes climb. Weak economic reports out of Europe and China overshadow hopes for more Fed stimulus. HP's shares slip after its revenue misses forecasts.
The producer is trying to combat poor conditions by boosting prices.
Two steel companies announce weak guidance as prices fall.
Disney is upgraded to 'buy,' and RIM is downgraded to 'underperform.'
Juniper and Wendy's are downgraded, while Transocean is upgraded.
Materials stocks are outperforming the broad market, and the primary sector ETF is showing technical strength.
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