Stocks gained amid news of strong retail sales in October and acquisitions by Caterpillar and EMC, and despite continuing worries over debt troubles in periphery European countries.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose more less than 50 points, after closing lower Fridayand lower for the week on the back of debt concerns in periphery Euro zone countries and expectations of monetary tightening in China.
Hewlett-Packard, Caterpillar, and Home Depot led the blue-chips higher, while Disney and Intel fell.
So which individual stocks are worth watching today? Here are six that are on the move:
Constellation Brands Inc
The wine company was trading at levels not seen since September 2008. The shares were up nearly 2 percent Monday.
Micron Technology Inc
The semiconductor manufacturer was downgraded to hold from buy at Lazard Capital with the shares down about 2 percent.
Phillips Van Heusen Corporation
The clothing company was upgraded to buy from hold at Citi. The firm increased the price target to $76 from $63 per share.
JA Solar Holdings Co Ltd
The renewable energy equipment company was downgraded to neutral from buy at Nomura Securities.
The automotive manufacturer was trading at levels not seen since December 2003. The shares were up more than 3 percent Monday.
Akamai Technologies Inc
The internet hosting service provider was downgraded to market perform from outperform at Oppenheimer with shares down about 6 percent Monday.
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