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Stock Downgrades: Amazon, Intuit, and Green Mountain Coffee


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

Who'd have thought stocks would score a standing ovation on the day our Fed chair talked to empty chairs and the suddenly single head of France endured such an awkward seating arrangement? The Dow (INDEXDJX:.DJI), now up for four straight sessions, advanced by triple digits following market-friendly testimony from Janet Yellen. At a joint press conference with our aforementioned Gallic cousin, President Obama said no nation is free from US spying at a time of war and, really, by assigning impenetrable passwords like "123456," the Chinese make it all too easy. Some shares somehow contrived to fall even on a spectacular session in equities. Advertising giant Omnicom Group (NYSE:OMC) gapped down 1.58%, and tobacco titan Reynolds American (NYSE:RAI) - whose infamous ad informing us, "She's gone to Capri and she's not coming back" was unintentionally ironic for such a death-inducing product - dropped 1.52%. Milk processor Dean Foods (NYSE:DF), downgraded today, slumped 7.37% even as a new scientific study suggested Tom Robbins was right in calling his 1976 novel Even Cowgirls Get the Blues.

Today in economics, the Treasury releases its January budget report at 2:00 p.m. Eastern. In earnings action, expect announcements out of Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT), Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO), Total (NYSE:TOT), and Zillow (NASDAQ:Z). (NASDAQ:AMZN): In the early days of the Internet, the joke was that this company should instead be called (Dot org being the domain name originally created for non-profits.) Like all the best humor, it's funny because it's all too true. Revenue isn't a problem, but actually making a profit has consistently eluded the online giant. Today, shares are trading lower after getting taken to Neutral from Buy at UBS, which also reduces its price objective to $375 from $450. Slowing sales growth and possible Amazon Prime issues are each cited. Please see here for more on Amazon.

American Railcar (NASDAQ:ARII): Longbow lowers the stock to Neutral from Buy.

Dean Foods: As alluded to earlier, the slumping stock gets downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel amid limited visibility and ongoing earning risk.

EADS (OTCMKTS:EADSY): UBS cuts the European aerospace and defense name to Neutral from Buy.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (NASDAQ:GMCR): Following a phenomenal recent run, the stock gets lowered to Neutral from Buy at Longbow. Shares, having surged to a historic high on Tuesday, are now tumbling some 2.00% as a result.

Huntsman (NYSE:HUN): Shares are taken to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup, which also trims its target price by $2 to $27.

Intuit (NASDAQ:INTU): Evercore takes the TurboTax titan to Underweight from Equal Weight.

Jive Software (NASDAQ:JIVE): The stock is moved to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley.

ReachLocal (NASDAQ:RLOC): Over at the other half of the House of Morgan, JPMorgan reduces its rating to Neutral from Overweight.

Royal Gold (NASDAQ:RGLD): Saying that its stock is appropriately valued, MLV & Co. cuts the commodity company to Hold from Buy.

Seadrill (NYSE:SDRL): Wells Fargo slashes SDRL to Underperform from Market Perform.

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