Companies that miss earnings estimates often get a hiding from investors.
Autodesk is downgraded at 2 firms, and General Growth is downgraded to 'neutral.'
The construction materials producer is upgraded because of an expected recovery in the housing market.
Under Armour is downgraded to 'neutral,' and ASML is initiated with an 'outperform.'
Prudential is upgraded to 'overweight,' and Staples is downgraded to 'sell.'
Housing plays are rising, including the venerable paint supplier and a faucet maker backed by a top hedge fund manager.
Deal or not, the two will continue to be the industry’s leaders and long-term attractive plays.
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