Groupon is downgraded to 'equal weight,' while Isis Pharmaceuticals is upgraded to 'outperform.'
Stocks are mixed as investors appear content to sit on the sidelines on the eve of Election Day.
Zynga is upgraded to 'buy,' and F5 Networks is both downgraded and upgraded.
Bank of New York Mellon initiated with a 'buy,' and DirecTV upgraded to 'buy.'
Goodyear Tire is downgraded to 'hold,' and Expedia is upgraded to 'buy.'
CBS head honcho Leslie Moonves and other television executives fear the satellite broadcaster's technology will kill their advertising revenue.
Stocks get a modest boost from better-than-expected consumer confidence reading and leading economic indicators reports.
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