After the Dow and the S&P 500 closed at all time highs, US markets are set to open unchanged.
Despite central banks' continued easing policy and earnings from 3 of Europe's largest banks beating expectation, US markets are set for a tepid open.
Yahoo is upgraded to 'outperform,' and Burger King is downgraded to 'underperform.'
Smartphone adoption around the world is skyrocketing and changing the way people get travel advice.
AB InBev is upgraded to 'buy,' and Colgate-Palmolive is initiated with a 'sell.'
The list of outperforming sectors points to more good fortune next year, but it might not be advisable to back up the truck just yet.
Forest Labs is upgraded to 'outperform,' and Best Buy is initiated with an 'underperform.'
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