Stocks added to gains after several companies posted positive earnings results and as investors shrugged off concerns about the effect of the foreclosure crisis on banks and a rise in Chinese interest rates.
So which individual stocks are worth watching today? Here are six that are on the move:
The tobacco company was trading at an all-time high this morning.
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The publishing company was downgraded to hold from buy at Argus Research.
The education service company was upgraded to equal-weight from underweight at Morgan Stanley with the price target of $128 per share.
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The financial institution was downgraded to hold from buy at Stifel Nicolaus. The stock also traded at its lowest level since July 2009.
The construction company was initiated buy with a $31 price target at BB&T Capital Markets.
The semiconductor manufacturer was downgraded to neutral from buy at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
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