Huntsman jumped on an upgrade from Monness, Crespit, Hardt to "buy" From "neutral," with a price target of $25 per share.
CenturyLink was upgraded to "overweight" from "neutral" at JPMorgan following a meeting with the telecom's management.
MetroPCS Communications got a lift from improvements in contract customer losses at T-Mobile USA. Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile and MetroPCS have an agreement to merge that is subject to shareholder approval on April 12.
And retailers Macy's, Gamestop and Best Buy all hit new 52-week highs.
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—By CNBC's Lori Spechler
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