As long as Fed oversight status of the nation's largest life insurer is up in the air, investors should take a pass.
Mylan is upgraded to 'buy' at Goldman, while Bank of America is downgraded to 'neutral' at Citi.
E-Trade is downgraded to 'neutral' at Goldman.
ConocoPhillips is downgraded to 'sell' at UBS.
Traveleres and JC Penney are upgraded to 'outperform,' while Kohl's and Nordstrom are cut to 'hold.'
Avon is upgraded after its CEO is ousted, while Best Buy is both upgraded and downgraded.
Shares of the Dow component jump on better-than-expected earnings. The coffee producer plunges after sales fall short of forecasts.
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