Weyerhaeuser is upgraded to 'buy,' and Zynga is initiated with a 'sell.'
Mylan is both downgraded and upgraded, and Broadcom is downgraded to 'neutral.'
Tata Motors is upgraded to 'conviction buy,' and Francesca's is downgraded to 'neutral.'
The sector is filled with speculation, risk, and potentially high reward. The fate of these 2 companies illustrates this.
TD Ameritrade is downgraded to 'market perform,' and Juniper is downgraded to 'hold.'
Because of the parlor game of international finance, I focused on macro and international concerns instead of remaining US-stock-centric.
Stocks are higher on the first day of trading for the month, quarter, and second half of the year, following manufacturing data from around the globe.
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