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New Stock Coverage: Stuff Your Money in Mattress Firm Holding


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

Much like Anna Kournikova, this recent rally looks like it is all style and no substance, for the Crimean crisis remains a genuine geopolitical risk. The Russian babe famously made the cover of Sports Illustrated in June 2000 -- the article was authored by legendary bard of Baltimore Frank Deford, no less -- despite ending her career without winning a single tennis title. One month later Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) flirted, as so many admiring males did with Anna, with $40. It did not remotely do so again until Tuesday, when a 3.94% increase took it to $39.55. By contrast, an utterly unloved Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO), Mr. Softee's fellow Dow (INDEXDJX:.DJI) member, is as far away as ever from its millennial heyday. Back then it was briefly the most valuable company on planet Earth, soaring after splitting its stock eight times in as many years. Now the equity, dead money for the past 12 months, is damned as a dividend play -- the ultimate kiss of death for an erstwhile tech titan. The president's press secretary advised avoiding Russian stocks and promptly sent Moscow's Micex (MCX:MICEXINDEXCF) index up 3.8%. The dual-denim-clad phone call of his boss to Putin remains much mocked, but perhaps Potus was smart not to buy The Gap's (NYSE: GPS) signature khakis while on a shopping spree at the store last week. For the evidence, look no further than the soiled brown pants of his Colombian counterpart. Regardless, gene therapy remains better than jean therapy after biotech Geron (NASDAQ:GERN) gapped up 39.33% to easily top all Nasdaq (INDEXNASDAQ:.IXIC) issues.
This afternoon at 2:00 p.m. EDT, the Federal Open Market Committee concludes its two-day policy meeting, followed by Janet Yellen's first press conference as Fed head at 2:30 p.m. On the earnings front, FedEx (NYSE:FDX), General Mills (NYSE:GIS), and KB Home (NYSE:KBH) all release results.
Agrium (NYSE:AGU): Morgan Stanley starts the stock at Equal Weight.
AMC Entertainment (NYSE:AMC): Shares are assigned an Equal Weight by Barclays, whose target price is $24.
Aruba Networks (NASDAQ:ARUN): The stock is a new Neutral at Mizuho.
Canadian Natural Resources (NYSE:CNQ): CIBC World Markets covers CNQ at Outperform.
Cell Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CTIC): WallachBeth has a Hold on the stock amid a risk:reward ratio that is roughly in balance, even as a Phase III trial of Pacritinib offers potential promise.
Compugen (NASDAQ:CGEN): Shares are begun with a Buy at Jefferies. Its price objective is $17.
ITT Corporation (NYSE:ITT): SunTrust starts the stock at a Buy.
Mattress Firm Holding (NASDAQ:MFRM): The bedding behemoth gets begun with a Buy recommendation, and $56 target, at Jefferies.
Meru Networks (NASDAQ:MERU): Mizuho assigns a Buy and $6 objective on a company it says offers compelling cost savings.
Ruckus Wireless (NYSE:RKUS): RKUS is resumed with a Buy ($17 target) at Mizuho, which cites the prospect of earnings acceleration.
Sherwin-Williams (NYSE:SHW): Morgan Stanley picks the paint stock up at Overweight.
Tempur Sealy (NYSE:TPX): Nomura has a new Neutral and $55 target on the bedding name.
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