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Stock Upgrades: April Fools Rush Into Rush Enterprises

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

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With everyone on Wall Street fixated on Flash Boys, it figured a $16 trillion woman would steal the show. The Dow (INDEXDJX:.DJI) ended a difficult quarter with a surge after Janet Yellen went to the Hyatt (NYSE:H) to talk policy accommodation. (There was obviously room at the inn, what with Marriott (NASDAQ:MAR) gaining 1.05% to an historic high and Orient Express Hotels (NYSE:OEH) surging 5.11%.) Among stocks on the move, Cal-Maine Foods (NASDAQ:CALM) surged some 9.16%, so a month dominated by Kiev chickens finished with the egg indisputably proving it came firstCara Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CARA), which has a preclinical cannabis compound, jumped 12.65%, but Madonna, whose octaves in Evita were so high that one critic called them like listening to "Minnie Mouse on helium," suffered a low blow. She cried buckets for Argentina as Buenos Aires-based MercadoLibre (NASDAQ:MELI) fell 1.22% on an iffy analyst initiation.
 
Today's economic data include construction spending for February and March's Institute for Supply Management index, each out at 10:00 a.m. EDT. On the earnings front, Apollo Education Group (NASDAQ:APOL) releases results.
 
Bridgepoint Education (NYSE:BPI): BMO Capital Markets moves the stock to Outperform from Perform.
 
Celgene (NASDAQ:CELG): Shares get added to the Focus Idea List by Robert W. Baird.
 
Cullen/Frost Bankers (NYSE:CFR): The financial firm is now Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee, which takes its target price up to $74.
 
Delhaize Group (NYSE:DEG): JP Morgan upgrades the equity to Overweight from Neutral.
 
Informatica (NASDAQ:INFA): Shares get an Overweight-from-Equal Weight boost by Barclays, whose price objective is $45.
 
Laboratory Corp (NYSE:LH): LH is lifted to Buy from Neutral at UBS, which takes its price target to $112 from $93.
 
MEDNAX (NYSE:MD): Deutsche Bank hoists the stock to Buy from Hold.
 
MetLife (NYSE:MET): Bank of America Merrill Lynch adds the stock to its US 1 List of favored equities.
 
National CineMedia (NASDAQ:NCMI): NCMI is now Overweight from Neutral at JP Morgan.
 
NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA): Shares get increased to Outperform from Perform at JMP Securities.
 
PennyMac (NYSE:PFSI): Jefferies juices its recommendation to Buy from Hold with a $20 target.
 
Rubicon Technology (NASDAQ:RBCN): RBCN is raised to Overweight from Neutral with a new $14 price objective at JP Morgan.
 
Rush Enterprises (NASDAQ:RUSHA): BMO Capital boosts the company to Outperform from Perform.
 
United Continental (NYSE:UAL): Shares are up 0.85% before the bell on the back of a Buy-from-Neutral increase at UBS, which forecasts quicker revenue growth.
 
Waddell & Reed (NYSE:WDR): Goldman Sachs gives its fellow financial firm an upgrade to Buy from Neutral.

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