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New Stock Coverage: Is American Express a House of Cards?
Wall Street ratings agencies set the tone for today's stock market.
Justin Sharon    

American Express (NYSE:AXP) has recently benefited from renewed American excess, with the charge-card king and key Dow (INDEXDJX:.DJI) component hitting a historic peak only last week. Recent catalysts include an alliance with Uber and optimism over the company's OptBlue program. Its subsequently plump stock price valuation has some market sages concerned, however.
 
A week that began with the 50th anniversary of Fiddler On The Roof ended with Mr. Market wondering aloud if he would ever again be a rich man. (RadioShack (NYSE:RSH) -- more zero than Zero Mostel -- sure knows the feeling.) Some stocks did manage to buck the S&P 500′s (INDEXSP:.INX) worst week in eight. The personal computer is currently getting the Mad Men treatment, made a museum piece by pop culture. Someone, however, forgot to inform industry giants Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ) or Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), with both the former and latter halting their declines to catch fire after scoring broker boosts. H&R Block (NYSE:HRB) outdid even Intel's 6% advance with its 7.2% surge to a record. This, as Minnesota's own Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) today says "Top o' the mornin' to ya" by moving to Ireland to indulge in some serious tax-avoidance shenanigans. And, as the erstwhile Radio Corporation of America Building at 30 Rock prepares for yet another rebranding, we lost the most iconic radio voice of 'em all.
 
Today's quarterly earnings announcements include Korn/Ferry International (NYSE:KFY) and Layne Christensen (NASDAQ:LAYN).
 
Now let's turn to this morning's new stock coverage, a list that includes energy and technology equities in addition to American Express.

Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS): Pacific Crest picks up the stock at Outperform.
 
American Express: Shares are started at Sector Perform, again at Pacific Crest.
 
EOG Resources (NYSE:EOG): BMO Capital Markets covers the company at Outperform.
 
Nutrisystem (NASDAQ:NTRI): NTRI is a new Outperform at Barrington Research.
 
Owens & Minor (NYSE:OMI): The stock gets assigned a Market Perform with Wells Fargo.
 
Statoil (NYSE:STO): Jefferies starts STO at Underperform.
 
SunEdison Semiconductor (NASDAQ:SEMI): Shares are begun with a Buy at Deutsche Bank.

Also see:

Stock Downgrades: GNC Holdings Forgot to Take Its Vitamins
 
Stock Upgrades: Medtronic, Minnesota Strong Since 1949, Now Says 'Kiss Me, I'm Irish'
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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 American Express a House of Cards?
Wall Street ratings agencies set the tone for today's stock market.
Justin Sharon    

American Express (NYSE:AXP) has recently benefited from renewed American excess, with the charge-card king and key Dow (INDEXDJX:.DJI) component hitting a historic peak only last week. Recent catalysts include an alliance with Uber and optimism over the company's OptBlue program. Its subsequently plump stock price valuation has some market sages concerned, however.
 
A week that began with the 50th anniversary of Fiddler On The Roof ended with Mr. Market wondering aloud if he would ever again be a rich man. (RadioShack (NYSE:RSH) -- more zero than Zero Mostel -- sure knows the feeling.) Some stocks did manage to buck the S&P 500′s (INDEXSP:.INX) worst week in eight. The personal computer is currently getting the Mad Men treatment, made a museum piece by pop culture. Someone, however, forgot to inform industry giants Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ) or Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), with both the former and latter halting their declines to catch fire after scoring broker boosts. H&R Block (NYSE:HRB) outdid even Intel's 6% advance with its 7.2% surge to a record. This, as Minnesota's own Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) today says "Top o' the mornin' to ya" by moving to Ireland to indulge in some serious tax-avoidance shenanigans. And, as the erstwhile Radio Corporation of America Building at 30 Rock prepares for yet another rebranding, we lost the most iconic radio voice of 'em all.
 
Today's quarterly earnings announcements include Korn/Ferry International (NYSE:KFY) and Layne Christensen (NASDAQ:LAYN).
 
Now let's turn to this morning's new stock coverage, a list that includes energy and technology equities in addition to American Express.

Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS): Pacific Crest picks up the stock at Outperform.
 
American Express: Shares are started at Sector Perform, again at Pacific Crest.
 
EOG Resources (NYSE:EOG): BMO Capital Markets covers the company at Outperform.
 
Nutrisystem (NASDAQ:NTRI): NTRI is a new Outperform at Barrington Research.
 
Owens & Minor (NYSE:OMI): The stock gets assigned a Market Perform with Wells Fargo.
 
Statoil (NYSE:STO): Jefferies starts STO at Underperform.
 
SunEdison Semiconductor (NASDAQ:SEMI): Shares are begun with a Buy at Deutsche Bank.

Also see:

Stock Downgrades: GNC Holdings Forgot to Take Its Vitamins
 
Stock Upgrades: Medtronic, Minnesota Strong Since 1949, Now Says 'Kiss Me, I'm Irish'
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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 American Express a House of Cards?
Wall Street ratings agencies set the tone for today's stock market.
Justin Sharon    

American Express (NYSE:AXP) has recently benefited from renewed American excess, with the charge-card king and key Dow (INDEXDJX:.DJI) component hitting a historic peak only last week. Recent catalysts include an alliance with Uber and optimism over the company's OptBlue program. Its subsequently plump stock price valuation has some market sages concerned, however.
 
A week that began with the 50th anniversary of Fiddler On The Roof ended with Mr. Market wondering aloud if he would ever again be a rich man. (RadioShack (NYSE:RSH) -- more zero than Zero Mostel -- sure knows the feeling.) Some stocks did manage to buck the S&P 500′s (INDEXSP:.INX) worst week in eight. The personal computer is currently getting the Mad Men treatment, made a museum piece by pop culture. Someone, however, forgot to inform industry giants Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ) or Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), with both the former and latter halting their declines to catch fire after scoring broker boosts. H&R Block (NYSE:HRB) outdid even Intel's 6% advance with its 7.2% surge to a record. This, as Minnesota's own Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) today says "Top o' the mornin' to ya" by moving to Ireland to indulge in some serious tax-avoidance shenanigans. And, as the erstwhile Radio Corporation of America Building at 30 Rock prepares for yet another rebranding, we lost the most iconic radio voice of 'em all.
 
Today's quarterly earnings announcements include Korn/Ferry International (NYSE:KFY) and Layne Christensen (NASDAQ:LAYN).
 
Now let's turn to this morning's new stock coverage, a list that includes energy and technology equities in addition to American Express.

Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS): Pacific Crest picks up the stock at Outperform.
 
American Express: Shares are started at Sector Perform, again at Pacific Crest.
 
EOG Resources (NYSE:EOG): BMO Capital Markets covers the company at Outperform.
 
Nutrisystem (NASDAQ:NTRI): NTRI is a new Outperform at Barrington Research.
 
Owens & Minor (NYSE:OMI): The stock gets assigned a Market Perform with Wells Fargo.
 
Statoil (NYSE:STO): Jefferies starts STO at Underperform.
 
SunEdison Semiconductor (NASDAQ:SEMI): Shares are begun with a Buy at Deutsche Bank.

Also see:

Stock Downgrades: GNC Holdings Forgot to Take Its Vitamins
 
Stock Upgrades: Medtronic, Minnesota Strong Since 1949, Now Says 'Kiss Me, I'm Irish'
< Previous
  • 1
Next >
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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