Stocks to Watch: Merck, Weyerhaeuser and More ...

Six in 60
Six in 60

Stocks climbed Monday, boosted by a flurry of M&A deals and as price of metals rose on bets of a stronger economy.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up almost 80 points, led by

AmEx , Bank of America and General Electric . Stocks extended gains Friday to end the week on a high note, posting the best week in two month.

So which individual stocks are worth watching today? Here are six that are on the move:

United Technologies Corp.

The aerospace company was upgraded to buy from hold at Argus Research with the price target at $96. The firm cited restructuring and higher volumes as the reasons for the upgrade.


Merck & Co., Inc.
The global health care company was downgraded to neutral from outperform at Cowen and Company.


St. Jude Medical Inc.
The medical equipment manufacturer was upgraded to buy from hold at Deutsche Bank. The firm also increased the price target to $52 from $45.


Weyerhaeuser Company
The forest products company was downgraded to underperform from market perform at RBC Capital on valuation with the price target at $18.


General Electric
The diversified technology, media and financial services company was up more than 2 percent Monday, almost at $21 a share. So far this year, GE shares were up almost 15 percent.


Sanderson Farms, Inc.
The poultry processing company was downgraded to underweight from neutral at JP Morgan. The firm believed the company is likely to report disappointing earnings in the near-term.


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