Capital One is both upgraded and downgraded, and Visa is downgraded to 'neutral.'
The bulls have been stampeding into livestock stocks.
Shares of the gun maker trade higher on the announcement of a payout of $4.50 a share -- timed to avoid the dividend tax increase likely kicking in next year.
Several companies are announcing special one-time payouts or moving their payout dates into December. But there's a flip side to all this largess.
Stocks are sharply higher as sales of existing homes rise in October and a gauge of homebuilder sentiment climbs to a 6-year high in November.
This stock has little downside risk and a large upside potential.
Futures are rising, but amid an otherwise weak year for prices.
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All hail the bull market, which ended the week with a big rally. But it also is starting to look a little like 1987, which suffered an epic blow-out.
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