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New Stock Coverage: Are You Ready for Some Football? DIRECTV Is Just the NFL Sunday Ticket


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

Stocks were doing swimmingly before embarking upon a sudden road to Damascus U-turn on, well, the road to Damascus. Syrian worries allied to debt ceiling concerns here at home saw the Dow (INDEXDJX:.DJI) reverse a prior 39-point gain to end down 64. Bill Ackman wrote only one week ago that "the story of our investment in JC Penney (NYSE:JCP) is not over yet" but you don't mess with Mick Jagger, and the retailer imploded 1.11% as a hedge fund honcho finally said no to an expensive steak. Adding to a torrid time for Tysons, Tyson Foods (NYSE:TSN) tumbled an S&P 500 (INDEXSP:.INX) worst 7.34% after receiving a ratings reduction. In his prime of course, the boxer made himself heard in singular fashion and "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears" proved profitable for Caesars Entertainment (NASDAQ:CZR), which jumped 5.69% amid the downdraft. Van Gogh didn't have an extra ear to lend, alas, but he did hear money talk when his 'Irises' sold for $53.9 million at Sothebys (NYSE:BID) in Wall Street's frightful fall of 1987. Yesterday the auction house gained 2.99% as billionaire Dan Loeb demonstrated his hitherto-unknown love for starving artists.

Today's economic data includes August consumer sentiment from The Conference Board at 10:00 a.m. Eastern, with consensus calling for a fall from the prior month's pace. In earnings action, Bank of Montreal (NYSE:BMO), Brown Shoe (NYSE:BWS), Donaldson Company (NYSE:DCI), LDK Solar (NYSE:LDK), Movado (MOV), Sanderson Farms (NASDAQ:SAFM), Tiffany (NYSE:TIF), TiVo Inc.(NASDAQ:TIVO), and Workday (NYSE:WDAY) are all due to report results.

Athlon Energy Inc (NYSE:ATHL): Bank of America-Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs both launch the oil and gas operator at a Neutral.

Avago Technologies Ltd (NASDAQ:AVGO): Shares are assigned a Market Perform at JMP Securities.

Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRZO): Hailing its geographical diversity, Northland Capital overs the company with an Outperform recommendation and $43 target price.

Control4 Corp (NASDAQ:CTRL): The diversified electronics company is covered with a Buy at Bank of America-Merrill.

DIRECTV (NASDAQ:DTV): On the eve of the new National Football League season, the satellite broadcaster whose offerings include NFL Sunday Ticket is resumed with an Outperform at Raymond James.

DISH Network Corp (NASDAQ:DISH): Raymond James rolls out Underperform-rated coverage.

FMC Corp (NYSE:FMC): Piper Jaffray picks the equity up at Overweight.

IntercontinentalExchange Inc (NYSE:ICE): The exchange operator is established at an Outperform with Wells Fargo.

Marrone Bio Innovations Inc (NASDAQ:MBII): Jefferies covers the agricultural chemicals company at a Buy and Piper Jaffray assigns an equally upbeat Overweight.

Peregrine Semiconductor Corp (NASDAQ:PSMI): The stock is picked up at Outperform by JMP Securities, whose price objective is $15.

Sarepta Therapeutics (NASDAQ:SRPT): Citigroup starts Neutral-rated research on the biotech, which surged 4.16% in yesterday's down market.

Wabash National Corporation (NYSE:WNC): The regional financial firm is a fresh Buy at Stifel.

(See also: Stock Upgrades: Hugh Grant Eyes Hollywood Ending at Monsanto Company and Stock Downgrades: ThyssenKrupp No Longer Such a Steal.)
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