Pops & Drops: Cisco, Merck...

Following are the day’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of Cisco and Merck popped while IBM and Xerox dropped.

POPS (stocks that jumped higher)

Cisco (CSCO) popped 4%. Barclay’s upgraded the networking giant to ‘overweight’ from ‘equal weight’ citing stronger demand. - I think it could break-out to the upside, muses Guy Adami.

Merck (MRK) popped 2%. The company won an agreement to market Australia-based vaccine maker CSL’s Afluria flu drug in the US. - Not too bad, says Jon Najarian.

CBS (CBS) popped 6%. The media company has plans to announce a partnership with GlobalPost, an international online news service. - I think the P/E is getting rich, says Joe Terranova.

Hartford Financial (HIG) popped 11%. The insurance giant moved significantly higher for no clear reason. - All I can think of is.. they have a new ad campaign, says Steve Grasso.

Starbucks (SBUX) popped 4%. William Blair issued a note saying cost savings are benefiting the company and same store sales are improving. - I like this stock, says Jon Najarian.

Tenet Healthcare (THC) popped 7%. Moody's raised the company’s rating outlook to ‘positive’ after its successful capital raising efforts.

Bob Evans Farms (BOBE) popped 6%. Sidoit & Co. upgraded the restaurant owner to ‘buy’ from ‘neutral’ citing increased consumer spending and lower costs.

DROPS (stocks that slid lower)

IBM (IBM) dropped 1%. Big Blue moved higher early in the day but then gave back gains and then some. - I don't like that it traded below $120 on a good tape, says Guy Adami.

Xerox (XRX) dropped 14%. The company announced plans to buy Affiliated Computer Services Inc (ACS.N) for $5.5 billion to move into the outsourcing business, but shares of the printing company plunged on concerns that it was gambling on a major shift in strategy.




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