Even as the NYSE lit up Holly Berry, its annual festive spruce
, Father Christmas did a disappearing act on Wall Street. Worse still, he told investors to go “elf yourself,” with the small cap Russell 2000 Index
(INDEXRUSSELL:RUT) a particularly poor performer on a day the Dow
(INDEXDJX:.DJI) dropped for the first time in three sessions. General Motors
(NYSE:GM) named Mary Barra, who has a degree in electrical engineering, as the car industry’s first ever female CEO. This as Marissa Mayer, who majored in symbiotic systems and computer science, saw her Yahoo
(NASDAQ:YHOO) surge 3.47% to a six-year best. Ironic, then, that Mattel’s
(NASDAQ:MAT) Barbie — infamous for saying “Math class is tough!
” -- is more popular than ever
among six-year-old girls. Six-year-old boys had better not give their peers a peck on the hand; that’s apparently sexual harassment
. Fear not, however, for romance can’t be killed — Match.com parent InterActiveCorp
jumped 2.90% to an all-time high. Twitter
(NYSE:TWTR), up 5.80% to a post-IPO peak, performed even better, but Campbell Soup
(NYSE:CPB), which plunged 3.74% in posting the S&P 500′s
(INDEXSP:.INX) poorest performance, has reason to curse the pithy platform
In terms of economic events that may move US markets today, analysts expect November’s budget deficit to widen at 2:00 p.m. Eastern. Regarding specific stocks, Costco
(MCE:ITX), Joy Global
(NYSE:JOY), Men’s Wearhouse
(NYSE:MW), and Nordson
(NASDAQ:NDSN) are all due to release results. And Hilton Worldwide
(NYSE:HLT) prices its initial public offering.
(NASDAQ:AVNR): Mizuho moves Avanir Pharmaceuticals stock to Neutral from Buy. Its price objective on Avanir Pharmaceuticals is also slashed, by $7 to $5, after disappointing Phase II MS (Multiple Sclerosis) pain data.
(NYSE:MWV): Paper and packaging powerhouse MeadWestvaco sees its stock moved to Underperform from Market Perform by BMO Capital.
(NYSE:GRA): Specialty chemical company W.R. Grace is now Neutral from Outperform at Robert W. Baird due to valuation concerns. Its new target price on W.R. Grace is $110. The analyst advises waiting for a more attractive entry point before adding to positions.
(See also: Stock Upgrades: 3M Gets Out of a Sticky Situation
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