Stock Downgrades: ARM Gets Thumbs Down in Apple Fallout

By Justin Sharon  OCT 23, 2013 9:19 AM

Wall Street ratings agencies set the tone for today's stock market.

 


Vinyl is back and so, apparently, are broken records. The S&P 500 Index (INDEXSP:.INX) set its 30th record of 2013 as a soft September payroll report calmed investors’ fears about an abrupt end to quantitative easing. CVS Caremark (NYSE:CVS), up 1.66% yesterday, was among the equities to hit historic highs. (You can keep the ridiculous receipt.) Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) nosedived 9.15% despite both a broker boost and roster of stars including Kevin Spacey of Pay It Forward fame. Such preemptive acts of kindness did, however, amply pay for themselves with Odyssey Marine Exploration (NASDAQ:OMEX). The company, which paid back the Spanish Armada for plundering its treasure, jumped 11.41% even as Spain’s pain is now officially over. And, with the One World Trade Center spire again in the news, today marks the 84th anniversary of the Chrysler Building’s completion. You don’t want to know what happened 24 hours later.

Hump Day of peak week for third quarter earnings is here, with AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T), Boeing (NYSE:BA), Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT), F5 Networks (NASDAQ:FFIV), GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE:GSK), and WellPoint (NYSE:WLP) among a multitude of companies releasing results.
 
American Campus Communities (NYSE:ACC): UBS takes the company to Neutral from Buy.
 
ARM Holdings (NASDAQ:ARMH): After yesterday’s ho-hum Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) announcements, one of its key chip suppliers gets cut to Neutral from Buy at UBS.
 
Broadcom (NASDAQ:BRCM): Wedbush takes the tech name, slumping before the bell, to Neutral from Outperform.
 
Centene (NYSE:CNC): Shares get slashed to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup.
 
Coach (NYSE:COH): The stock, which tumbled 7.53% on Tuesday, is downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus.
 
Cree Inc. (NASDAQ:CREE): Needham lowers the lighting name to Hold from Buy.
 
Eagle Bancorp (NASDAQ:EGBN): Keefe Bruyette cuts the company to Perform from Outperform.
 
Exelon (NYSE:EXC): The nuclear power play is now Underperform from Hold at Jefferies.
 
Federated Investors (NYSE:FII): Money manager FII gets trimmed to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup.
 
Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS): GS gets downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Mediobanca.
 
Matador Resources (NYSE:MTDR): Canaccord Genuity moves the stock to Hold from Buy.
 
Monarch Casino & Resort (NASDAQ:MCRI): Shares get downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Capital.
 
National Cinemedia (NASDAQ:NCMI): JPMorgan lowers its investment assessment to Neutral from Overweight.
 
Panera Bread (NASDAQ:PNRA): The fast food firm is taken to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc Capital.
 
Royal Bank of Scotland (NYSE:RBS): Keefe Bruyette reduces the Edinburgh-based financial company to Underperform from Perform.
 
Weight Watchers (NYSE:WTW): Credit Suisse cuts the company to Neutral from Outperform.

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