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New Stock Coverage: Nielsen Tops the Ratings

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

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MINYANVILLE ORIGINAL Making money was so easy yesterday that even Goldman Sachs (GS) managed it. Twenty-five years to the day after the Dow (^DJI) dropped by triple digits for the first time in its history, presaging a far greater calamity 72 hours later, blue chips posted their first triple-digit gains in over a month.

A solid start to earnings season helped move markets higher, as did a couple of lawmakers in Berlin saying the country is amenable to Spain seeking more aid. Germany, its soccer side having just surrendered a seemingly insurmountable four goal lead, was clearly in an unusually generous mood yesterday. But Spain, whose own world beating fútbol team conceded an 11th hour goal last night, will know that where Europe's debt crisis is concerned, it ain't ever over until it's over.

Hump Day of peak earnings week is upon us, with American Express (AXP), Bank of America (BAC) ,eBay Inc. (EBAY), and PepsiCo (PEP) among a multitude of big name companies reporting results.

ADT Corp. (ADT): Shares are initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse, whose price target is $45.

Airgas (ARG): The stock is a new Neutral at Susquehanna, which issues an $83 price objective.

Comstock Resources (CRK): Brean Capital has a Hold on CRK.

Mellanox Technologies (MLNX): JMP Securities starts Market Perform rated research.

Nielsen Holdings (NYSE:NLSN) The firm, best known as a provider of TV viewership data, is a fresh Outperform at RBC Capital. The price target is $37.

Sherwin-Williams (SHW): Morgan Stanley starts the stock at Equal-Weight.

StemCells (STEM): Ascendiant Capital covers the small cap at a Buy and assigns a price target of $2.60. There is promise in a Phase I/II clinical trial to evaluate its treatment for chronic thoracic spinal cord injury.

Universal Display (PANL): JMP Securities picks PANL up at Outperform and establishes a price objective of $50.

Xylem (XYL): Shares are a new Neutral at DA Davidson.

(See also: Stock Downgrades: IBM's Big Blues and Stock Upgrades: Citigroup Survives October Surprise.)
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