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New Stock Coverage: Not Buying Honeywell Would Be a Big Boo Boo

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

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A Fed punch bowl, ostensibly full of "free" cash but in reality costing us $85 billion per month? Or a Chinese Ding bowl bought for three bucks and sold for $2.2 million? Take your pick which is better value for money; either way they are laughing all the way to the bank in Shanghai.

The S&P 500 (^GSPC) duly snapped a three session skid after FOMC officials continued their easy money policy. Since the organization fiddled and feasted on Twinkies while Rome burned, it was only appropriate that Flowers Foods (FLO), which recently raided Hostess' pantry, promptly surged 4.63% to an all-time high.

Also ending at an historic best was prison operator Geo Group (GEO), this on the day disgraced MF Global (PINK: FGLQ) - which infamously has "convictions" of its own - announced a deal with JPMorgan (JPM). Elsewhere at the House of Morgan, a Morgan Stanley (MS) employee once memorably said he "planned to return a phone call from a land line because he didn't want to use a BlackBerry (BBRY)." Yesterday the tech stock rose for a third straight session, surging some 6.45% on an upgrade at…Morgan Stanley.

We get a trifecta of economic data today at 10:00 a.m. Eastern, namely February existing home sales and leading indicators, plus the Philadelphia Fed index for March. On the corporate front, ConAgra Foods (CAG), Foxconn International (PINK:FXCNY), Hennes & Mauritz (PINK:HNNMY), Hermès International (PINK:HESAY), IHS Inc. (IHS), KB Home (KBH), Lululemon Athletica (LULU), Micron Technology (MU), Nike Inc. (NKE), Perry Ellis International (PERY), Ross Stores (ROST), and Scholastic (SCHL) are all due to reveal results.

3M Company (MMM): The key Dow (^DJI) component is a new Neutral at Goldman Sachs.

Application Software Stocks: Check Point Software (CHKP) and Automated Teller Machine powerhouse Diebold (DBD) are each picked up at In-line by Imperial Capital, which sets respective price objectives of $15 and $33. NICE Systems (NICE) is a new Outperform with a $43 target price.

Cempra (CEMP): SunTrust Robinson Humphrey starts coverage at a Buy.

Cleveland Biolabs (CBLI): Cantor Fitzgerald covers the small cap company with a Buy rating and $4 price objective. A key catalyst could come in April with a Food and Drug Administration announcement.

First Financial Corporation (THFF): Shares are a fresh Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette.

GenCorp (GY): GY gets rated an Outperform at Oppenheimer, whose target is $20 on a stock it says generates a healthy 24% Free Cash Flow yield.

Healthcare Realty (HR): Goldman Sachs resumes Sell rated research on HR.

Home Security Stocks: Imperial Capital assigns In-Lines on ADT Corporation (ADT) and Tyco International (TYC), the latter with a price objective of $32. It is more upbeat on Ascent Capital Group (ASCMA), covering it at Outperform with a $75 target price.

Honeywell International (NYSE:HON): The industrial giant gets a Buy assessment and $88 objective at Goldman.

Online Travel: Something for everyone at Evercore, which assigns an Underweight on TripAdvisor (TRIP), an Equal Weight on Expedia (EXPE), and an Overweight on Priceline (PCLN).

Reliance Steel (RS): Wells Fargo rolls out Outperform rated research on the hot rolled steel stock.

Spreadtrum Communications (SPRD): Northland Capital has a new Outperform and $25 target on the equity.

Stanley Black & Decker (SWK): The tool titan is a fresh In-line at Imperial, whose objective is $82.

Zoetis (ZTS): Citigroup starts the animal health outfit at a Buy.

(See also: Stock Upgrades: Alibaba Stake Makes Yahoo a Steal and Stock Downgrades: Oracle Has a Profit Problem.)
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