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Stock Upgrades: Walgreen Back at the Corner of Healthy and Happy
Wall Street ratings agencies set the tone for today's stock market.
Justin Sharon    

Walgreen (NYSE:WAG) was unceremoniously evicted from its favorite address yesterday, but the company may have turned a corner today. Shares are currently recouping some of Tuesday's 1.70% tumble after scoring a broker boost. The giant drug retailer has slipped for four straight sessions amid a third-quarter earnings miss and uncertain fiscal 2016 forecasts. However, its stock did hit a historic high only last week.
 
If our Secretary of State John Kerry, who had his hands full in Iraq yesterday, will forgive the phrase -- investors were for equities before they were against them against them. The Dow (INDEXDJX:.DJI) and S&P 500 (INDEXSP:.INX), having both been up earlier, ended firmly in the red amid more mayhem by the banks of the Tigris. With war drums beating ever more loudly, today's headline equity Walgreen slumped 1.70% after steadfastly refusing to allow Boots on the ground. Despite the Dow's triple-digit decline, economic data was decidedly decent. Indeed new-home sales saw their biggest one-month increase since early 1992. That was when President George H. W. Bush was billed by Billary as being out of touch with ordinary Americans after expressing astonishment at a supermarket scanner. (My, how the wheel has come full circle.) The multimillionaire former first couple of Arkansas presumably now have stock options in FedEx (NYSE:FDX), which was actually founded in Little Rock and yesterday hit the highest level in its history. Boston Red Sox and Liverpool soccer club owner John Henry, who bears more than a passing resemblance to Bush père, suffered as his Luis Suarez bit the hand that feeds him yet again. But there was better news for Beantown as hometown hero Vertex Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:VRTX) surged 40.41% to top the Nasdaq (INDEXNASDAQ:.IXIC) by a mile, even as the city's housing market continued to soar. Elsewhere bullion gained for a fifth straight session after Berlin said we can hold its gold after all. A nice gesture ahead of tomorrow's eagerly anticipated soccer game between the two countries trying to get their hands on that 18-carat trophy first won by West Germany in 1974.
 
Today's quarterly earnings announcements include Apollo Education (NASDAQ:APOL), Barnes & Noble (NYSE:BKS), General Mills (NYSE:GIS), and Monsanto (NYSE:MON).
 
Now let's analyze this morning's analyst upgrades, a group encompassing a clothing company and railroad stock as well as our aforementioned Walgreen.

Alstom (OTCMKTS:ALSMY): The French firm gets hoisted to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank.
 
Brunswick Corp (NYSE:BC): KeyBanc Capital Markets moves the bowling and boating behemoth to Buy from Hold.
 
Kraton Performance Polymers (NYSE:KRA): Share are upgraded to Outperform from Perform with a $30 price objective at Oppenheimer, which cites solid earnings and $65 million in cost synergies.
 
Men's Wearhouse (NYSE:MW): Cowen increases its investment assessment to Outperform from Perform. Its target price, previously $52, is taken up to $65.
 
Restoration Hardware (NYSE:RH): Bank of America Merrill Lynch lifts its rating to Buy from Neutral.
 
Trinity Industries (NYSE:TRN): Railroad outfit TRN gets taken to Buy from Neutral at UBS.
 
Walgreen: Jefferies juices today's headline equity to Buy from Hold.
 
Zulily (NASDAQ:ZU): Shares get upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman Sachs.
 
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The information on this website solely reflects the analysis of or opinion about the performance of securities and financial markets by the writers whose articles appear on the site. The views expressed by the writers are not necessarily the views of Minyanville Media, Inc. or members of its management. Nothing contained on the website is intended to constitute a recommendation or advice addressed to an individual investor or category of investors to purchase, sell or hold any security, or to take any action with respect to the prospective movement of the securities markets or to solicit the purchase or sale of any security. Any investment decisions must be made by the reader either individually or in consultation with his or her investment professional. Minyanville writers and staff may trade or hold positions in securities that are discussed in articles appearing on the website. Writers of articles are required to disclose whether they have a position in any stock or fund discussed in an article, but are not permitted to disclose the size or direction of the position. Nothing on this website is intended to solicit business of any kind for a writer's business or fund. Minyanville management and staff as well as contributing writers will not respond to emails or other communications requesting investment advice.

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Stock Upgrades: Walgreen Back at the Corner of Healthy and Happy
Wall Street ratings agencies set the tone for today's stock market.
Justin Sharon    

Walgreen (NYSE:WAG) was unceremoniously evicted from its favorite address yesterday, but the company may have turned a corner today. Shares are currently recouping some of Tuesday's 1.70% tumble after scoring a broker boost. The giant drug retailer has slipped for four straight sessions amid a third-quarter earnings miss and uncertain fiscal 2016 forecasts. However, its stock did hit a historic high only last week.
 
If our Secretary of State John Kerry, who had his hands full in Iraq yesterday, will forgive the phrase -- investors were for equities before they were against them against them. The Dow (INDEXDJX:.DJI) and S&P 500 (INDEXSP:.INX), having both been up earlier, ended firmly in the red amid more mayhem by the banks of the Tigris. With war drums beating ever more loudly, today's headline equity Walgreen slumped 1.70% after steadfastly refusing to allow Boots on the ground. Despite the Dow's triple-digit decline, economic data was decidedly decent. Indeed new-home sales saw their biggest one-month increase since early 1992. That was when President George H. W. Bush was billed by Billary as being out of touch with ordinary Americans after expressing astonishment at a supermarket scanner. (My, how the wheel has come full circle.) The multimillionaire former first couple of Arkansas presumably now have stock options in FedEx (NYSE:FDX), which was actually founded in Little Rock and yesterday hit the highest level in its history. Boston Red Sox and Liverpool soccer club owner John Henry, who bears more than a passing resemblance to Bush père, suffered as his Luis Suarez bit the hand that feeds him yet again. But there was better news for Beantown as hometown hero Vertex Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:VRTX) surged 40.41% to top the Nasdaq (INDEXNASDAQ:.IXIC) by a mile, even as the city's housing market continued to soar. Elsewhere bullion gained for a fifth straight session after Berlin said we can hold its gold after all. A nice gesture ahead of tomorrow's eagerly anticipated soccer game between the two countries trying to get their hands on that 18-carat trophy first won by West Germany in 1974.
 
Today's quarterly earnings announcements include Apollo Education (NASDAQ:APOL), Barnes & Noble (NYSE:BKS), General Mills (NYSE:GIS), and Monsanto (NYSE:MON).
 
Now let's analyze this morning's analyst upgrades, a group encompassing a clothing company and railroad stock as well as our aforementioned Walgreen.

Alstom (OTCMKTS:ALSMY): The French firm gets hoisted to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank.
 
Brunswick Corp (NYSE:BC): KeyBanc Capital Markets moves the bowling and boating behemoth to Buy from Hold.
 
Kraton Performance Polymers (NYSE:KRA): Share are upgraded to Outperform from Perform with a $30 price objective at Oppenheimer, which cites solid earnings and $65 million in cost synergies.
 
Men's Wearhouse (NYSE:MW): Cowen increases its investment assessment to Outperform from Perform. Its target price, previously $52, is taken up to $65.
 
Restoration Hardware (NYSE:RH): Bank of America Merrill Lynch lifts its rating to Buy from Neutral.
 
Trinity Industries (NYSE:TRN): Railroad outfit TRN gets taken to Buy from Neutral at UBS.
 
Walgreen: Jefferies juices today's headline equity to Buy from Hold.
 
Zulily (NASDAQ:ZU): Shares get upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman Sachs.
 
Also see:

New Stock Coverage: Luis Suarez Should Sink His Teeth Into Whole Foods

Stock Downgrades: Harley-Davidson in Hog Hell
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The information on this website solely reflects the analysis of or opinion about the performance of securities and financial markets by the writers whose articles appear on the site. The views expressed by the writers are not necessarily the views of Minyanville Media, Inc. or members of its management. Nothing contained on the website is intended to constitute a recommendation or advice addressed to an individual investor or category of investors to purchase, sell or hold any security, or to take any action with respect to the prospective movement of the securities markets or to solicit the purchase or sale of any security. Any investment decisions must be made by the reader either individually or in consultation with his or her investment professional. Minyanville writers and staff may trade or hold positions in securities that are discussed in articles appearing on the website. Writers of articles are required to disclose whether they have a position in any stock or fund discussed in an article, but are not permitted to disclose the size or direction of the position. Nothing on this website is intended to solicit business of any kind for a writer's business or fund. Minyanville management and staff as well as contributing writers will not respond to emails or other communications requesting investment advice.

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Daily Recap
Stock Upgrades: Walgreen Back at the Corner of Healthy and Happy
Wall Street ratings agencies set the tone for today's stock market.
Justin Sharon    

Walgreen (NYSE:WAG) was unceremoniously evicted from its favorite address yesterday, but the company may have turned a corner today. Shares are currently recouping some of Tuesday's 1.70% tumble after scoring a broker boost. The giant drug retailer has slipped for four straight sessions amid a third-quarter earnings miss and uncertain fiscal 2016 forecasts. However, its stock did hit a historic high only last week.
 
If our Secretary of State John Kerry, who had his hands full in Iraq yesterday, will forgive the phrase -- investors were for equities before they were against them against them. The Dow (INDEXDJX:.DJI) and S&P 500 (INDEXSP:.INX), having both been up earlier, ended firmly in the red amid more mayhem by the banks of the Tigris. With war drums beating ever more loudly, today's headline equity Walgreen slumped 1.70% after steadfastly refusing to allow Boots on the ground. Despite the Dow's triple-digit decline, economic data was decidedly decent. Indeed new-home sales saw their biggest one-month increase since early 1992. That was when President George H. W. Bush was billed by Billary as being out of touch with ordinary Americans after expressing astonishment at a supermarket scanner. (My, how the wheel has come full circle.) The multimillionaire former first couple of Arkansas presumably now have stock options in FedEx (NYSE:FDX), which was actually founded in Little Rock and yesterday hit the highest level in its history. Boston Red Sox and Liverpool soccer club owner John Henry, who bears more than a passing resemblance to Bush père, suffered as his Luis Suarez bit the hand that feeds him yet again. But there was better news for Beantown as hometown hero Vertex Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:VRTX) surged 40.41% to top the Nasdaq (INDEXNASDAQ:.IXIC) by a mile, even as the city's housing market continued to soar. Elsewhere bullion gained for a fifth straight session after Berlin said we can hold its gold after all. A nice gesture ahead of tomorrow's eagerly anticipated soccer game between the two countries trying to get their hands on that 18-carat trophy first won by West Germany in 1974.
 
Today's quarterly earnings announcements include Apollo Education (NASDAQ:APOL), Barnes & Noble (NYSE:BKS), General Mills (NYSE:GIS), and Monsanto (NYSE:MON).
 
Now let's analyze this morning's analyst upgrades, a group encompassing a clothing company and railroad stock as well as our aforementioned Walgreen.

Alstom (OTCMKTS:ALSMY): The French firm gets hoisted to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank.
 
Brunswick Corp (NYSE:BC): KeyBanc Capital Markets moves the bowling and boating behemoth to Buy from Hold.
 
Kraton Performance Polymers (NYSE:KRA): Share are upgraded to Outperform from Perform with a $30 price objective at Oppenheimer, which cites solid earnings and $65 million in cost synergies.
 
Men's Wearhouse (NYSE:MW): Cowen increases its investment assessment to Outperform from Perform. Its target price, previously $52, is taken up to $65.
 
Restoration Hardware (NYSE:RH): Bank of America Merrill Lynch lifts its rating to Buy from Neutral.
 
Trinity Industries (NYSE:TRN): Railroad outfit TRN gets taken to Buy from Neutral at UBS.
 
Walgreen: Jefferies juices today's headline equity to Buy from Hold.
 
Zulily (NASDAQ:ZU): Shares get upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman Sachs.
 
Also see:

New Stock Coverage: Luis Suarez Should Sink His Teeth Into Whole Foods

Stock Downgrades: Harley-Davidson in Hog Hell
< Previous
  • 1
Next >
No positions in stocks mentioned.
The information on this website solely reflects the analysis of or opinion about the performance of securities and financial markets by the writers whose articles appear on the site. The views expressed by the writers are not necessarily the views of Minyanville Media, Inc. or members of its management. Nothing contained on the website is intended to constitute a recommendation or advice addressed to an individual investor or category of investors to purchase, sell or hold any security, or to take any action with respect to the prospective movement of the securities markets or to solicit the purchase or sale of any security. Any investment decisions must be made by the reader either individually or in consultation with his or her investment professional. Minyanville writers and staff may trade or hold positions in securities that are discussed in articles appearing on the website. Writers of articles are required to disclose whether they have a position in any stock or fund discussed in an article, but are not permitted to disclose the size or direction of the position. Nothing on this website is intended to solicit business of any kind for a writer's business or fund. Minyanville management and staff as well as contributing writers will not respond to emails or other communications requesting investment advice.

Copyright 2011 Minyanville Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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