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New Stock Coverage: Is the Cupboard Bare at the Pantry?
Wall Street ratings agencies set the tone for today's stock market.
Justin Sharon    

On a day dominated by discussion of food stamps, Wall Street's check was in the mail. Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) dropped a Dow (INDEXDJX:.DJI)-worst 1.78% after blaming cutbacks in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for another set of iffy earnings. But equities overall posted a strong showing, with Nasdaq (INDEXNASDAQ:.IXIC) advancing for a ninth session in ten after Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) made a multi-billionaire of a Ukrainian immigrant who was once dependent on the same low-and-no income lifeline. Mark Zuckerberg's social network gained 2.31% despite not one, but two rating reductions by analysts who clearly felt $19 billion was a pretty penny to pay for a firm with $20 million in 2013 revenue. Indeed, the deal was the largest in the Internet industry since the ill-fated $124 billion combination of AOL Inc.(NYSE:AOL) and Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) in the last full year of Bill Clinton's presidency. When Bubba first ran for Commander in Chief in 1992, Pat Buchanan dismissed him as an Arkansas upstart whose "foreign policy experience was confined to having once had breakfast at the International House of Pancakes." A diss apparently best served cold, after IHOP owner DineEquity (NYSE:DIN) advanced 3.47% on a broker boost. 1992 was also notable for Woody Allen's acrimonious split with Mia Farrow. Yesterday, his arch enemy American Apparel (NYSEMKT:APP) imploded 32.02%. The director once said, "I'm not afraid of death; I just don't want to be there when it happens," and the clothing company clearly now has one foot in the grave.

This morning in economics, January existing-home sales are expected to fall from the prior month's pace at 10:00 a.m. Eastern. On the earnings front, Charter Communications (NASDAQ:CHTR), Dish Network (NASDQ:DISH), and Ecolab (NYSE:ECL) are the pick of today's quarterly announcements.

AV Homes (NASDAQ:AVHI): Sterne Agee has a new Neutral on the real estate name. Its price objective is $18.

FleetCor Technologies (NYSE:FLT): Shares are begun with a Buy, and $138 target price, at Jefferies.

Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL): FSL is a fresh Buy at Dresdner.

Mattson Technology (NASDAQ:MTSN): Hailing the stock's compelling valuation among other favorable factors, Cowen resumes coverage at Outperform. Its objective is $4.

Restoration Hardware (NYSE:RH): BB&T Capital assigns a Buy on the equity, whose target is $73.

The Pantry (NASDAQ:PTRY): This convenience store stock jumped 2.46% yesterday, but today Macquarie rates it no better than Neutral.

Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ:WFM): The gourmet grocer gets assigned an Outperform ($63 objective) at Oppenheimer, which cites its good growth prospects in the lucrative natural and organic food category.

See also:

Stock Upgrades: 'Blame Canada?' Team USA, That Cuts No Ice With Tim Hortons (MVPRO article)


Stock Downgrades: Even 'President' Hamilton Gives Up on Groupon (MVPRO article)
No positions in stocks mentioned.
The information on this website solely reflects the analysis of or opinion about the performance of securities and financial markets by the writers whose articles appear on the site. The views expressed by the writers are not necessarily the views of Minyanville Media, Inc. or members of its management. Nothing contained on the website is intended to constitute a recommendation or advice addressed to an individual investor or category of investors to purchase, sell or hold any security, or to take any action with respect to the prospective movement of the securities markets or to solicit the purchase or sale of any security. Any investment decisions must be made by the reader either individually or in consultation with his or her investment professional. Minyanville writers and staff may trade or hold positions in securities that are discussed in articles appearing on the website. Writers of articles are required to disclose whether they have a position in any stock or fund discussed in an article, but are not permitted to disclose the size or direction of the position. Nothing on this website is intended to solicit business of any kind for a writer's business or fund. Minyanville management and staff as well as contributing writers will not respond to emails or other communications requesting investment advice.

Copyright 2011 Minyanville Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
New Stock Coverage: Is the Cupboard Bare at the Pantry?
Wall Street ratings agencies set the tone for today's stock market.
Justin Sharon    

On a day dominated by discussion of food stamps, Wall Street's check was in the mail. Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) dropped a Dow (INDEXDJX:.DJI)-worst 1.78% after blaming cutbacks in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for another set of iffy earnings. But equities overall posted a strong showing, with Nasdaq (INDEXNASDAQ:.IXIC) advancing for a ninth session in ten after Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) made a multi-billionaire of a Ukrainian immigrant who was once dependent on the same low-and-no income lifeline. Mark Zuckerberg's social network gained 2.31% despite not one, but two rating reductions by analysts who clearly felt $19 billion was a pretty penny to pay for a firm with $20 million in 2013 revenue. Indeed, the deal was the largest in the Internet industry since the ill-fated $124 billion combination of AOL Inc.(NYSE:AOL) and Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) in the last full year of Bill Clinton's presidency. When Bubba first ran for Commander in Chief in 1992, Pat Buchanan dismissed him as an Arkansas upstart whose "foreign policy experience was confined to having once had breakfast at the International House of Pancakes." A diss apparently best served cold, after IHOP owner DineEquity (NYSE:DIN) advanced 3.47% on a broker boost. 1992 was also notable for Woody Allen's acrimonious split with Mia Farrow. Yesterday, his arch enemy American Apparel (NYSEMKT:APP) imploded 32.02%. The director once said, "I'm not afraid of death; I just don't want to be there when it happens," and the clothing company clearly now has one foot in the grave.

This morning in economics, January existing-home sales are expected to fall from the prior month's pace at 10:00 a.m. Eastern. On the earnings front, Charter Communications (NASDAQ:CHTR), Dish Network (NASDQ:DISH), and Ecolab (NYSE:ECL) are the pick of today's quarterly announcements.

AV Homes (NASDAQ:AVHI): Sterne Agee has a new Neutral on the real estate name. Its price objective is $18.

FleetCor Technologies (NYSE:FLT): Shares are begun with a Buy, and $138 target price, at Jefferies.

Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL): FSL is a fresh Buy at Dresdner.

Mattson Technology (NASDAQ:MTSN): Hailing the stock's compelling valuation among other favorable factors, Cowen resumes coverage at Outperform. Its objective is $4.

Restoration Hardware (NYSE:RH): BB&T Capital assigns a Buy on the equity, whose target is $73.

The Pantry (NASDAQ:PTRY): This convenience store stock jumped 2.46% yesterday, but today Macquarie rates it no better than Neutral.

Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ:WFM): The gourmet grocer gets assigned an Outperform ($63 objective) at Oppenheimer, which cites its good growth prospects in the lucrative natural and organic food category.

See also:

Stock Upgrades: 'Blame Canada?' Team USA, That Cuts No Ice With Tim Hortons (MVPRO article)


Stock Downgrades: Even 'President' Hamilton Gives Up on Groupon (MVPRO article)
No positions in stocks mentioned.
The information on this website solely reflects the analysis of or opinion about the performance of securities and financial markets by the writers whose articles appear on the site. The views expressed by the writers are not necessarily the views of Minyanville Media, Inc. or members of its management. Nothing contained on the website is intended to constitute a recommendation or advice addressed to an individual investor or category of investors to purchase, sell or hold any security, or to take any action with respect to the prospective movement of the securities markets or to solicit the purchase or sale of any security. Any investment decisions must be made by the reader either individually or in consultation with his or her investment professional. Minyanville writers and staff may trade or hold positions in securities that are discussed in articles appearing on the website. Writers of articles are required to disclose whether they have a position in any stock or fund discussed in an article, but are not permitted to disclose the size or direction of the position. Nothing on this website is intended to solicit business of any kind for a writer's business or fund. Minyanville management and staff as well as contributing writers will not respond to emails or other communications requesting investment advice.

Copyright 2011 Minyanville Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
New Stock Coverage: Is the Cupboard Bare at the Pantry?
Wall Street ratings agencies set the tone for today's stock market.
Justin Sharon    

On a day dominated by discussion of food stamps, Wall Street's check was in the mail. Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) dropped a Dow (INDEXDJX:.DJI)-worst 1.78% after blaming cutbacks in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for another set of iffy earnings. But equities overall posted a strong showing, with Nasdaq (INDEXNASDAQ:.IXIC) advancing for a ninth session in ten after Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) made a multi-billionaire of a Ukrainian immigrant who was once dependent on the same low-and-no income lifeline. Mark Zuckerberg's social network gained 2.31% despite not one, but two rating reductions by analysts who clearly felt $19 billion was a pretty penny to pay for a firm with $20 million in 2013 revenue. Indeed, the deal was the largest in the Internet industry since the ill-fated $124 billion combination of AOL Inc.(NYSE:AOL) and Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) in the last full year of Bill Clinton's presidency. When Bubba first ran for Commander in Chief in 1992, Pat Buchanan dismissed him as an Arkansas upstart whose "foreign policy experience was confined to having once had breakfast at the International House of Pancakes." A diss apparently best served cold, after IHOP owner DineEquity (NYSE:DIN) advanced 3.47% on a broker boost. 1992 was also notable for Woody Allen's acrimonious split with Mia Farrow. Yesterday, his arch enemy American Apparel (NYSEMKT:APP) imploded 32.02%. The director once said, "I'm not afraid of death; I just don't want to be there when it happens," and the clothing company clearly now has one foot in the grave.

This morning in economics, January existing-home sales are expected to fall from the prior month's pace at 10:00 a.m. Eastern. On the earnings front, Charter Communications (NASDAQ:CHTR), Dish Network (NASDQ:DISH), and Ecolab (NYSE:ECL) are the pick of today's quarterly announcements.

AV Homes (NASDAQ:AVHI): Sterne Agee has a new Neutral on the real estate name. Its price objective is $18.

FleetCor Technologies (NYSE:FLT): Shares are begun with a Buy, and $138 target price, at Jefferies.

Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL): FSL is a fresh Buy at Dresdner.

Mattson Technology (NASDAQ:MTSN): Hailing the stock's compelling valuation among other favorable factors, Cowen resumes coverage at Outperform. Its objective is $4.

Restoration Hardware (NYSE:RH): BB&T Capital assigns a Buy on the equity, whose target is $73.

The Pantry (NASDAQ:PTRY): This convenience store stock jumped 2.46% yesterday, but today Macquarie rates it no better than Neutral.

Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ:WFM): The gourmet grocer gets assigned an Outperform ($63 objective) at Oppenheimer, which cites its good growth prospects in the lucrative natural and organic food category.

See also:

Stock Upgrades: 'Blame Canada?' Team USA, That Cuts No Ice With Tim Hortons (MVPRO article)


Stock Downgrades: Even 'President' Hamilton Gives Up on Groupon (MVPRO article)
No positions in stocks mentioned.
The information on this website solely reflects the analysis of or opinion about the performance of securities and financial markets by the writers whose articles appear on the site. The views expressed by the writers are not necessarily the views of Minyanville Media, Inc. or members of its management. Nothing contained on the website is intended to constitute a recommendation or advice addressed to an individual investor or category of investors to purchase, sell or hold any security, or to take any action with respect to the prospective movement of the securities markets or to solicit the purchase or sale of any security. Any investment decisions must be made by the reader either individually or in consultation with his or her investment professional. Minyanville writers and staff may trade or hold positions in securities that are discussed in articles appearing on the website. Writers of articles are required to disclose whether they have a position in any stock or fund discussed in an article, but are not permitted to disclose the size or direction of the position. Nothing on this website is intended to solicit business of any kind for a writer's business or fund. Minyanville management and staff as well as contributing writers will not respond to emails or other communications requesting investment advice.

Copyright 2011 Minyanville Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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