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New Stock Coverage: Buffalo Wild Wings Takes Flight


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

It's a small world after all, but on second thought, maybe that's not so bad. The interconnectedness of planet Earth had Wall Street worried only a week ago, when angst in Istanbul and elsewhere made for a sea of red in American markets. Yesterday, however, the Dow (INDEXDJX:.DJI) enjoyed its best day since December 2013 thanks to a 5.30% jump in Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS), which has long championed the global village. Telecoms were the only sector to fall, with AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) leading blue-chip laggards in slipping 0.25%. This after a member of our diplomatic corps was heard saying "F@#! the EU" on the phone. A bit harsh, surely, especially on this, the 22nd anniversary of the august institution's founding. 1992 was also notable for a lantern-jawed comedian taking over Carson's couch. Yesterday Leno called it quits, and the Fed is all about jawboning, so maybe he could now do a job as Janet Yellen's sidekick? Elsewhere, stun gun titan Taser (NASDAQ:TASR) gained 1.21%. Shares were under water as late as 2:00 p.m. Eastern but, as it turned out, that was far too early to reach for the violins.

Today's earnings announcements include Apollo Global (NYSE:APO), Cigna (NYSE:CI), Madison Square Garden (NASDAQ:MSG), Moody's (NYSE:MCO), and Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE:WYN).

Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ:BWLD): The Super Bowl may be over but that doesn't appear to be stopping this favorite of the big game. (For fans, if not for chickens.) Shares, which surged some 3.74% yesterday, are today launched with an upbeat Buy at Longbow.

Compugen (NASDAQ:CGEN): MLV & Co has a Buy rating and $14 price objective on a firm it says has promising drug discovery and development potential in oncology and immune disorders.

Doughnut Stocks: It's a mixed bag for Homer Simpson as Longbow assigns Dunkin Brands (NASDAQ:DNKN) an Underperform but begins Krispy Kreme (NYSE:KKD) with a bullish Buy.

Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE:LYV): ISI Group gives the stock a Buy rating.

McKesson (NYSE:MCK): Shares are picked up at Overweight by JPMorgan.

Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX): Last year's top S&P 500 Index (INDEXSP:.INX) stock is rated a Buy and $475 target price at Stifel, which is transferring analyst coverage. Catalysts include strong margins and subscriber growth.

Rackspace Hosting (NYSE:RAX): Credit Suisse covers the company with an Outperform opinion and $49 price objective.

Red Hat (NYSE:RHT): The stock, an analyst darling of late, is resumed with an Outperform ($70 objective) at Credit Suisse.

Walgreen (NYSE:WAG): Shares are assigned an Outperform at Leerink Swann.

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