Stocks are higher as initial jobless claims pulled back to fall below the 350,000 level.
Cliffs Natural is both upgraded and downgraded, and General Mills is upgraded to 'buy.'
Family Dollar is both upgraded and downgraded, and LinkedIn is initiated with a 'sector perform.'
Zynga is downgraded to 'neutral,' and The Fresh Market is initiated with a 'strong buy.'
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