The Lipstick Index
and S&P 500 Index
(INDEXSP:.INX) each looked in vain for a little mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, with Estee Lauder
(NYSE:EL) falling 5.54% and the benchmark US bourse ending off for a third time in four sessions. Markets went nowhere fast as private payrolls came in worse than expected even as a service-sector gauge beat Street expectations. (So much for those well-compensated economic forecasters. They're only human, and can't hold a candle to the so far spot-on predictive powers of Punxsutawney Phil
.) Moving from candles to candelabras, Time Warner
(NYSE:TWX) advanced 1.11% after breaking out the financials for its HBO division for the first time. The results revealed that a kinder, gentler Gordon Gekko
boosted its bottom line in a big way. Something for President Putin to ponder as he prepares to have a gay old time in Sochi
. Gray old time? Gray Television
(NYSE:GTN) gained another 4.52% on a broker boost
and is now up an astonishing 162.17% in the past year, although if Vlad the Impaler doesn't own it, his portfolio is still doing okay
. In Mad Men
, Don Draper famously refused to take business from big tobacco and President Obama, who gave a remarkable shout-out to the show
in his recent State of the Union speech, yesterday praised CVS Caremark
(NYSE:CVS) for doing the same
. Alas, shareholders appeared to worry more about principal than principle, and sent shares down 1.01%. Ralph Lauren
(NYSE:RL) lost 3.55% but Lauren Conrad fared far better, as her sharp-as-a-needle retort to an inappropriate question
on Sirius XM
(NASDAQ:SIRI) received belated recognition. Sirius could indeed use her as CEO after its unloved stock
Today's earnings announcements are due to include AOL Inc
(NYSE:AOL), Dunkin Brands
(NASDAQ:DNKN), General Motors
(NYSE:LNKD), Lions Gate
(NYSE:LGF), News Corp
(NASDAQ:NWSA), Nu Skin
(NYSE:SNY), and Sony
(NASDAQ:AKAM): Shares are now Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse.
(NYSE:AXP): Janney Capital juices this key Dow component to Buy from Neutral.
Booz Allen Hamilton
(NYSE:BAH): Bank of America-Merrill Lynch lifts the consulting company to Buy from Neutral.
(NYSE:BYD): The stock is moved to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital, whose price objective is $11.35. Free cash flow is seen as increasing at the casino company.
Buffalo Wild Wings
(NASDAQ:BWLD): Citing an increasingly attractive valuation, Miller Tabak boosts BWLD to Buy from Hold. For more on the stock, please see here
(NYSE:CCL): HSBC Securities hoists the cruise company to Overweight from Neutral, not its first upgrade in recent weeks
. The target price, previously $33, is taken to $43.50.
(NYSE:COTY): Shares, having slumped to all-time lows of late, are increased to Outperform from Market Perform with Wells Fargo.
(NYSE:CCK): Wells also moves this equity to Outperform from Market Perform.
(NYSE:DD): The Dow component is now Neutral from Reduce at SunTrust.
(NASDAQ:GLUU): Piper Jaffray gives GLUU an Overweight-from-Neutral upgrade.
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
(NASDAQ:GMCR): Shares, surging 41.57% ahead of this morning's opening bell on a tie up with Coca-Cola
(NYSE:KO), are hoisted to Hold from Sell at Stifel.
Hennes & Mauritz
(OCTMKTS:HNNMY): The Swedish fashion firm better known as H&M made a big splash on Super Bowl Sunday with a barely-there Becks
, but its stock is far from an emperor without clothes. Today it is taken to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC Securities, sending shares up nicely in today's European trading.
(NYSE:LEN): Goldman Sachs gives LEN a lift to Conviction Buy from Neutral.
(NYSE:MTD): MTD gets taken to Buy from Neutral at UBS, which also increases its objective by $18 to $263.
(NYSE:MOS): HSBC Securities moves MOS to Neutral from Underweight.
(NASDAQ:VECO): The tech name is now Overweight from Neutral at JP Morgan.
(NYSE:YELP): Raymond James raises its recommendation to Outperform from Market Perform.
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