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New Stock Coverage: Don't Stuff All Your Money Under the Select Comfort Mattress


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

MINYANVILLE ORIGINAL Fifth anniversaries are traditionally celebrated with gifts of wood but, half a decade to the day after stocks hit an all-time high, Wall Street ran out of money trees thanks to an organization founded in Bretton Woods. A global debt warning from the International Monetary Fund - which has ample firsthand knowledge of deficit horror stories - sent shares slumping, with Dow Industrials (^DJI) dropping by triple digits, the S&P 500 (^GSPC) ending off for a third straight day, and Nasdaq (^IXIC) enduring its single worst session since a late-June swoon.

Merck (MRK) hit its highest level since 2008, the year President Obama won the White House, after announcing it is moving from the Whitehouse. A new study showed one of five Americans have no religious affiliation, but True Religion (TRLG) is surging 27.80% before the bell, Einstein's "God letter" began frenzied bidding on eBay Inc. (EBAY), and RadioShack (RSH) - whose former CEO was forced out after fabricating a resume to erroneously include a theology degree from Heartland Baptist Bible College - rose 12.02% in topping the NYSE.

The pace of economic data picks up after a quiet start to the week, with August wholesale inventories out at 10:00 a.m. Eastern and the Fed's beige book due at 2:00 p.m. In earnings action, Costco (COST), Google (GOOG), Helen of Troy (HELE), Host Hotels (HST), and Progressive Corp. (PGR) are all due to report results.

ARM Holdings (ARMH): Shares are initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse.

Big Cap Banks: Bank of America-Merrill Lynch launches Buys on both Citigroup (C) and Dow (^DJI) member JPMorgan (JPM).

First Republic Bank (FRC): FRC is a fresh Outperform at FBR Capital, which assigns it a price objective of $40. It says the stock provides a unique opportunity in the small- to mid-cap bank arena in the current low interest rate environment.

Gold Stocks: Morgan Stanley starts Equal-Weights on Agnico-Eagle Mines (AEM) and IAMGOLD (IAG), assigning an Overweight on Yamana Gold (AUY).

Imax Corp. (IMAX): Shares are covered with an Outperform at Credit Suisse, whose price target is $28.

Laredo Petroleum (LPI): LPI is launched with a Buy at C.K. Cooper amid its strong cash flow and production growth.

PHH Corp. (PHH): The credit services company is a new Neutral at Compass Point, whose target is $24.

Ratings Agencies: Moody's (MCO) is started at Equal Weight by Barclays, which begins Standard & Poor's owner McGraw-Hill (MHP) with an Overweight.

Select Comfort (NASDAQ:SCSS): Shares of the adjustable mattresses maker are a new Neutral at SunTrust.

Smith & Nephew (SNN): Société Générale starts Sell rated research on SNN.

Ventas (VTR): RBC Capital resumes the healthcare REIT at Outperform and issues a price objective of $68.

(See also: Stock Downgrades: American Eagle -- An Earthbound Big Bird and Stock Upgrades: Yum Brands Puts Its Money Where Its Mouth Is.)
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