So the Denver Broncos have reached their first Super Bowl since winning it in 1999. That’s appropriate, as Nasdaq
(INDEXNASDAQ:.IXIC) last week tried its best to party like it was, well, you know — the best year in its entire history. Even as the Dow
(INDEXDJX:.DJI) barely budged, the tech-heavy index outperformed with AOL Inc
(NYSE:AOL) — poster child for the market’s millennial madness — advancing 12.22% to a fresh best. (Who’s laughing now, Time Warner
(NYSE:TWX), which all of a sudden can’t afford the rent
?) Scotch maker Beam Inc.
(NYSE:BEAM) jumped 24% to make big bucks for long-beleaguered Bill Ackman
. The Scots have a saying that, “When God made time, he made plenty of it,” and time may yet be kind to the billionaire’s thus far losing short bet on Herbalife
(NYSE:HLF), for last week its stock tumbled 12.11%. Moving from Pershing Square to Tahrir’s version, last year’s top S&P 500 Index
(INDEXSP:.INX) name Netflix
(NASDAQ:NFLX) scored its first Oscar nomination with Egypt’s The Square
. (It’s a scheming movie from the land of Pyramids, if you must know, Bill.) Elsewhere, a broker boost
sent Botox maker Allergan
(NYSE:AGN) to an all-time high on Friday, although who needs its principal product when Adobe
(NASDAQ:ADBE) Photoshop is so in Vogue
? Marissa Mayer, who struck a pose in the same publication not so long ago fired her number two Henrique de Castro after paying the Portuguese $109 million for 14 months on the job. “Start practicing your yodel!
” she wrote on page 13 of his employment contract. Yodel? These days, Yahoo can’t even Singh
There aren’t any top-tier economic data due to move US stock markets today. Earnings season arrives in earnest, however, with Advanced Micro Devices
(NYSE:AMD), Baker Hughes
(NASDAQ:CREE), Delta Air Lines
(NYSE:HAL), International Business Machines
(NYSE:IBM), Johnson & Johnson
(NYSE:JNJ), SAP AG
(NYSE:SAP), Texas Instruments
(NYSE:UN), Verizon Communications
(NYSE:VZ), and Xilinx
(NASDAQ:XLNX) all releasing results.
(NYSE:AA): The firm founded in Steel City in 1888 just enjoyed a great week, with its stock up 12.36%. More good news today, as it gets upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan. Its target price, previously $9, increases to $15 amid a supply contraction.
(NASDAQ:ALTR): JPMorgan moves the tech stock to Overweight from Neutral, taking its target price up by $6 to $38.
(NASDAQ:BLMN): Bloomin’ Brands, the owner of Outback Steakhouse, sees its stock boosted to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
(NYSE:BSX): Shares are now Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray, whose amended target price is $18.
(NYSE:BKW): Goldman Sachs upgrades the fast food firm to Conviction Buy from Buy.
(NYSE:CMA): Shares are upgraded to Perform from Underperform at Keefe Bruyette.
(NASDAQ:DTV): The stock is now Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
(NYSE:GPS): It’s the usual 180-degree (Buy from Underperform) increase for the khaki king at Sterne Agee.
(NYSE:MSI): Motorola Solutions stock is now Buy from Neutral at Citigroup, whose new target is $75.
(NASDAQ:NVDA): Shares are upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Evercore.
(NYSE:Q): Goldman Sachs raises its rating to Buy from Neutral with a $58 price objective.
(NASDAQ:STX): Shares are moved to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
(NASDAQ:SCSS): Raymond James raises the mattress maker to Strong Buy from an already upbeat Outperform.
(NASDAQ:SHOO): Shares are hoisted to Buy from Hold at BB&T Capital.
(NASDAQ:SSYS): Credit Suisse takes the 3D printer name to Outperform from Neutral after recent share price volatility.
(NYSE:SWFT): Shares get upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight by Barclays, which takes its target to $26 from $22.
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