The Hot Stock & Biggest Loser: Varian Medical & Newell Brands

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Source: Blogs Barrons Stocks To Watch Varian Medical Systems (VAR) shot to the top of the S&P 500 on Thursday, helped by its upbeat earnings and guidance.Varian Medical gained $13.96, or 12.4%, to $127.01, while the S&P 500 closed up 1.71 points, or 0.06%, to 2839.25.The medical device and tech maker said it earned $1.06 a share on revenue that rose 12.8% year over year … [Read more...]

Starbucks Earnings: Mobile Efforts Key to Successful Report

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Source: Blogs Barrons Stocks To WatchIt's been a tough year for Starbucks (SBUX). Even as the company innovates on technology as well, if not better, than any other consumer-facing company, the stock has lagged the market...badly. Starbucks' shares are up 3.1% over the last 12 months, versus a 23% gain for the S&P 500.The problem has been weaker same-store sales, as well as … [Read more...]

Dow Gains 170 Points as Dollar Fears Subside Despite Continued Slide

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Source: Blogs Barrons Stocks To WatchCan anything keep this market down? Yesterday, fears of a falling dollar helped turn gains into pain. But even with the dollar falling again, the three major benchmarks are heading higher.The S&P 500 has risen 0.3% to S&P 500 2844.97 at 12:36 p.m. today, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average has gained 171.93 points, or 0.7%, to … [Read more...]

Morning Movers: Caterpillar Soars on Earnings, Kroger Gains on Alibaba Partnership

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Source: Blogs Barrons Stocks To WatchStocks look set to rebound this morning amidst solid earnings from bellwethers like Caterpillar (CAT) and 3M (MMM), while WTI crude oil, the U.S. benchmark, traded over $66 a barrel. US jobless claims rose to 233,000, better than the 240,000 economists had predicted, while the European Central Bank left monetary policy unchanged but yields … [Read more...]

S&P 500 Hits 13th All-Time High Despite Selling Into Strength

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Source: Blogs Barrons Stocks To WatchStocks finished mixed today as earnings continue to drive the market.The S&P 500 rose 0.1% to 2839.25 today--its 13th record high--while the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 140.67 points, or 0.5%, to 26,392.79, also a record. The Nasdaq Composite declined 0.1% to 7411.16.Despite the new highs, it was another day of selling into … [Read more...]

Inovio Drops 11% One Day After Soaring on Flu Vaccine Hopes

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Source: Blogs Barrons Stocks To WatchThings are looking up for flu sufferers and for shares of Inovio Pharmaceuticals (INO), after the Plymouth Meeting, Penn.-based firm boasted yesterday that its experimental vaccine protected lab animals from every known strain of deadly influenza. Inovio's stock has gained 16% this week on hopes for a universal flu shot that will free … [Read more...]

The Biggest Loser: United Continental Sinks 11.4%

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Source: Blogs Barrons Stocks To Watch United Continental (UAL) plunged to the bottom of the S&P 500 Wednesday, as worries about capacity overshadowed its beat-and-raise quarter.  United tumbled $8.92, or 11.4%, to $69.05. The S&P 500 slipped 1.59 points, or 0.06%, to 2837.54.United said that it earned $1.40 a share, on revenue that rose 4.3% year over year to $9.44 … [Read more...]

The Hot Stock: W.W. Grainger Gains 18.5%

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Source: Blogs Barrons Stocks To Watch W.W. Grainger  (GWW) soared to the top of the S&P 500 on Wednesday, thanks to its better-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings and guidance. Grainger gained $42.42, or 18.5%, to $271.97. The S&P 500 lost 1.59 points, or 0.06%, to 2837.54.Grainger said it earned $2.94 a share on revenue that rose 6.5% year over year to $2.63 billion. … [Read more...]

S&P 500, Nasdaq Slide as Strength Doesn’t Always Lead to More Strength

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Source: Blogs Barrons Stocks To WatchA strong start to the day has since reversed itself with two of the three major indexes in the red midday.The S&P 500 has dipped 0.2%, to 2833.09, at 12:28 p.m. today, while the Nasdaq Composite has fallen 0.6%, to 7412.27. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, which has gained 35.18 points, or 0.1%, to 26,245.99, is the only benchmark still … [Read more...]

Is This the End of the Valeant Rally?

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Source: Blogs Barrons Stocks To WatchShares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (VRX) have outperformed the market in the past year, but analysts warn the rally could be hard-pressed to continue.  Goldman Sachs analysts Dana Flanders and Christopher Staral initiated coverage on the stock with a Sell rating and an $18 price target on Wednesday, warning that while Valeant … [Read more...]