Applications for unemployment insurance rise unexpectedly. Sales of new homes climb. Weak economic reports out of Europe and China overshadow hopes for more Fed stimulus. HP's shares slip after its revenue misses forecasts.
Valero Energy is upgraded to 'buy,' and IMAX is initiated with a 'buy.'
The producer is trying to combat poor conditions by boosting prices.
Two steel companies announce weak guidance as prices fall.
Wal-Mart and McDonald's are downgraded to 'hold,' and Intuitive Surgical is initiated with an 'outperform.'
Ominous technical signals may be red flags for upcoming earnings surprises.
Disney is upgraded to 'buy,' and RIM is downgraded to 'underperform.'
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