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New Stock Coverage: Nielsen Wins Big in the Ratings

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

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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.

See also:

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