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New Stock Coverage: Milk Dean Foods for All It's Worth


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

MINYANVILLE ORIGINAL If America is indeed about to plunge off the economic precipice, we'll do it from an investment landscape that is presently flat as a pancake. Stocks barely budged last week, with Dow Industrials (^DJI) easing off a mere 0.15%.

Grand Canyon Education (LOPE), whose inspiration is aging far more gracefully than the interminable fiscal cliff discussions, advanced 2.8%. Elsewhere Intermec (IN), which makes bar codes, surged 21.73% even as we said a sad farewell to the gadget's inventor. ZAGG Inc (ZAGG), producer of screen protectors for smartphones, jumped 12%, but there is, alas, no protection against stupidity. Witness one Tomasz Paczkowski, who burned himself mistaking his phone for a hot iron.

Earnings announcements expected today include Diamond Foods (DMND), SHFL Entertainment (SHFL), and Stewart Enterprises (STEI).

Alcatel-Lucent (ALU): Shares, upgraded elsewhere today, are initiated with an Overweight at Evercore.

Cepheid (CPHD): Bank of America-Merrill Lynch launches Buy rated research on CPHD.

Dean Foods (NYSE:DF): Morgan Stanley starts an Overweight on America's largest dairy producer, whose shares have surged 58.27% over the past 12 months.

Elephant Talk (ETAK): Ascendiant Capital Markets begins a Buy on the microcap, saying it stands to benefit from high growth rates in mobile telecom due to the rise in mobile Internet usage.

MeetMe (MEET): The stock is a new Outperform at Northland Securities, whose target price is $5.25.

Molycorp (MCP): Goldman Sachs has a new Neutral, and $11 price objective, on the rare earth miner.

Yelp, Inc. (YELP): The Internet outfit is assigned an Equal Weight with Morgan Stanley.

(See also: Stock Upgrades: Travelers on Road to Riches and Stock Downgrades: Apple Falls Further From Money Tree.)
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