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New Stock Coverage: Nielsen Wins Big in the Ratings


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

What goes up, must come down? Even as the annual Empire State Building Run-Up was won by a woman from Down Under, Wall Street continued its ongoing climb down from last year's record run-up. With 1997 all the rage again, from the bond market to submerging markets, Nasdaq (INDEXNASDAQ:.IXIC) nosedived 19.97, natch. "Coffee, tea, or me?" With Coffee Holding Company (NASDAQ:JVA) jumping 8.62% even as Hain Celestial (NASDAQ:HAIN) slid 6.10%, it was clearly no contest. Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), down 1.46%, moved lower for a second straight session after announcing its new CEO. Satya Nadella now owns a desk -- let's hope his Office also has Windows -- but a fat lot of good that did furniture firm Knoll Inc. (NYSE:KNL), which fell 5.06%. And Aflac (NYSE:AFL) advanced 0.47% even after the insurance outfit revealed a softer yen negatively impacted results in its critical Japanese market. The company's Gottfried got fired for insanely insulting the natives on Twitter (NYSE:TWTR). Clearly ducks and bluebirds aren't birds of a feather, especially with the social networking name tumbling some 21.57% as we speak.

Today's earnings announcements are due to include AOL Inc (NYSE:AOL), Dunkin Brands (NASDAQ:DNKN), General Motors (NYSE:GM), Kellogg (NYSE:K), LinkedIn (NYSE:LNKD), Lions Gate (NYSE:LGF), News Corp (NASDAQ:NWSA), Nu Skin (NYSE:NUS), Sanofi (NYSE:SNY), and Sony (NYSE:SNE).

Dow Chemical (NYSE:DOW): BGC Financial begins Buy-rated research on the company.

European Autos: Credit Suisse covers BMW Group (OTCMKTS:BAMXY) (Underperform), Daimler (NYSE:DDAIF) (Outperform), Peugeot (OTCMKTS:PEUGY) (Underperform), Porsche (OTCMKTS:POAHY) (Neutral), and Volkswagen (OTCMKTS:VLKAY) (Outperform), which was downgraded the other day.

Five Below (NASDAQ:FIVE): FIVE is a fresh Buy at Janney Capital.

Nielsen (NYSE:NLSN): The audience measurement outfit, best known for its eponymous ratings, is resumed with a Buy at Deutsche Bank. Its price objective is $48.

Pershing Gold ((OTCMKTS:PGLC): H.C. Wainwright picks up this micro-cap stock at a Buy.

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