The company, which reports its quarterly earnings Tuesday, has once again become an investor favorite.
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Hyatt Hotels and Marriott are upgraded to 'buy,' while Starwood Hotels is downgraded to 'neutral.'
Tuesday's noteworthy upgrades include:
- Juniper (JNPR) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
- EOG Resources (EOG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
- Valeant (VRX) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
- Tractor Supply (TSCO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman
- Hyatt Hotels (H) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
- Marriott (MAR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
This cost-containment company helps keep fraud and overpayments down while healthcare spending goes up.
By Jim Oberweis, Jr., The Oberweis Report
For a play on healthcare reform in this country, HMS Holdings (HMSY) is a small cap to own. The company provides cost-containment services for state Medicaid programs and other third-party payors by ridding the system of fraud and errors.
When it comes to spending, the rich aren't so different.
Tiffany reported that holiday revenue rose 7% to $952 million, fueled by double-digit gains in Asia along with smaller increases in Europe and the Americas. Same-store sales rose 4%, the New York-based company said.
With expectations low, a beat-and-raise quarter may be in the cards.
Aluminum giant Alcoa (AA) kicked off fourth-quarter earnings season on Monday by swinging to a deep net loss compared with a strong year-ago profit. And Alcoa's report was actually pretty good news. If the Dow component's results are any indication of things to come, a relatively lackluster earnings season could still provide a lift to stocks.
That's because even though Alcoa recorded a net loss, on an adjusted basis it matched Wall Street's estimate, according to data from Thomson Reuters. Even better, revenue came in well above analysts' average forecast, and the company said demand for aluminum is rising.
The reinvention of the iconic car is the first creation with truly integrated Chrysler and Fiat technologies.
Chrysler was already sputtering when the financial crisis hit, and the Great Recession caused the automaker to break down entirely. Only a partnership forged with Italy's Fiat allowed the once-great automaker to survive bankruptcy in 2009.
Merging the car companies has been slow and sometimes painful for both sides. However, American motorists will have their first real chance to explore what the Chrysler-Fiat partnership can offer with a blast from the past: a sleek redesign of the iconic Dodge Dart compact.
It is the first true test of shared platforms and technology. But will it sell?
The online game developer hasn't been able to match its IPO price lately.
The online game developer, known for its "Mafia Wars" and "FarmVille" franchises, saw shares drop 9% Monday to just $8 -- 20% below its IPO price of $10 a share.
Is Zynga getting a bad rap? After all, as Forbes points out, Zynga owns the top five games played on Facebook in terms of daily active users. About 95% of its revenue comes from Facebook, in fact.
The stock plunges despite the company's high subscriber growth, indicating the market believes the future is highly uncertain.
The company went public in June, and since then its stock has seen several ups and downs. While Pandora continued its rapid user growth over the course of the year, competition has intensified. Apart from being available online, Pandora has also launched apps for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone, Research in Motion's (RIMM) BlackBerry and other smartphones operating on Google's (GOOG) Android platform.
Bristol joins Gilead, Merck, Vertex, Roche and others in a race to treat hepatitis c.
The big drug maker Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) is shaking up the race toward a new hepatitis C treatment, entering a field that's already crowded with several top players. In a weekend announcement, Bristol-Myers said it will pay $2.5 billion to take over Inhibitex (INHX), a development stage drug company.
The $26 a share cash offer represents a 163% premium over Inhibitex's closing stock price on Friday.
The iconic Budweiser brand continues a long slide out of favor with American drinkers, falling to third place.
If Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) isn't panicking yet, it should be. This is the first time in nearly two decades that Anheuser-Busch hasn't controlled the top two beers in the country. The King of Beers is on its way to becoming court jester.
Budweiser has seen sales drop for years, and ran into serious trouble in 2009 and 2010.
Investors are optimistic so far this year despite broad concerns about the economy and fourth-quarter earnings results.
Here's what to expect from the likes of Dell and Hewlett-Packard at the annual Consumer Technology Show.
CES, as it is called, generally sets the agenda for the technologies and trends that will be hot this year. The show may be losing some of its importance, however. Apple (AAPL) doesn't attend, and Microsoft (MSFT) will pull out after this year. (Microsoft owns and publishes Top Stocks, an MSN Money site.)
Even if this year is the last hurrah, it's worthwhile for investors to note what the show is highlighting. Here are the hot topics:
The medical device company tackles spinal cord injury with multiple technologies.
By Tom Bishop, BI Research
The financial impact of spinal cord injury (SCI) is staggering, estimated at between $244,000 and $829,000 in the first year alone. Over a lifetime the costs could add up to $1 to $4 million.
The irony surrounding the Atlanta skyscraper is pretty tall, even if the company doesn't own it.
News came out recently that the company that owns the office building is struggling to meet its debt service as offices remain empty and the real estate crash continues to take a toll.
With stricter environmental regulations in the U.S. and signs of a slowdown in China, coal's importance to freight carriers will likely decline.
While coal production and demand are likely to grow over the next few years, driving traffic volume for freight carriers such as CSX Corporation (CSX) and Union Pacific (UNP), there may be a long-term shift away from this reliance.
Bullish chart patterns and relative performance analysis make these stocks worth buying on dips.
By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com
As noted on Friday, the daily analysis of the PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) shows that it has now started to outperform the S&P 500.
In my weekly Starc band analysis of the Nasdaq 100 stocks, I wanted to concentrate not only on those that were the closest to their weekly Starc+ or Starc- bands, but also on how these stocks had performed against the major averages since October.
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[BRIEFING.COM] As expected, the major averages began the session on a strong note with small caps in the lead. The Russell 2000 is higher by 0.6%, while the S&P 500 trades up 0.3% with eight sectors in the green.
Energy (+0.9%) and health care (+0.8%) have grabbed the early lead, while industrials (+0.6%) and technology (+0.6%) follow not far behind. On the flip side, countercyclical consumer staples (-0.3%) and telecom services (-0.3%) hold modest losses.
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