The bulls have been stampeding into livestock stocks.
Francesca's is upgraded to 'buy,' and Demand Media is downgraded to 'sell.'
Hog farmers are sending more of the herd to slaughter in the face of rising grain costs. That will lead to short supplies next year.
Futures are rising, but amid an otherwise weak year for prices.
The Dow dips below 13,000 after a key manufacturing index declines. Ford, GM and Chrysler post sales gains. Europe is in focus ahead of an ECB meeting. Netflix sinks on an Amazon streaming deal.
UBS initiates Dell with a 'neutral' and Hewlett-Packard with a 'sell.'
Delta, United are initiated at Goldman with a 'sell,' and Tyson Foods is downgraded to 'underperform' at BofA/Merrill.
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