Stocks Upgrades: CMA, ADES, CTL, NATL, LBTYA
Wednesday, March 16, 2022 1:41 PM

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Stocks have fallen another leg lower so that the S&P 500now sits beneath the depths probed in the prior session at a new two-month low.

Underlying share volume has been robust this session. Thereare still two full hours before the toll of the closing bell and more than 700million shares have already traded hands on the New York Stock Exchange.

Upgrades:

Rochdale's Dick Bove upgraded Comerica (NYSE:CMA) to buyfrom neutral as it expects the company to benefit from Japan troubles. Theshares of the company are trading at $36.93, down 1.68 percent.

ADA-ES (Nasdaq: ADES) has been upgraded to buy from neutralat Pritchard. The firm recommends buying ADA-ES ahead of the March 25 quarterlycall based on potential 2011 catalysts. ADES is trading 9.13 percent up at $15.30.

Analysts at Stifel upgraded CenturyTel (NYSE: CTL) to Buyfrom Hold citing valuation and synergies with the pending Qwest (Q)acquisition. The stock is trading down 0.87 percent at $39.72.

The shares of National Interstate (Nasdaq: NATL) have been upgradedto Hold from Sell at Stifel Nicolaus, citing valuation and better reserves. NATLis trading at $19.71, high by 0.61 percent.

Stifel upgraded Liberty Global (Nasdaq: LBTYA) to Buy fromHold citing reports of the potential sale of its Australian satellite T.V.provider Austar and a potential bid for German cable operator Kabel BW. Thecompany’s shares are trading 1.15 percent low at $40.52

 

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  • Obama's juggle: Libya war and Latin America Mar 19, 2022 11:21 PM

    • BRASILIA, Brazil - As American missiles struck Libya, President Barack Obama doggedly promoted his Latin American agenda Saturday, praising Brazil as a soaring economic force and brimming market for trade.
    • "The United States doesn't simply recognize Brazil's rise; we support it enthusiastically," Obama said from this capital city as he launched a five-day outreach mission that will also take him to Chile and El Salvador.
    • However, the cancellation of a planned news conference with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff - which the White House said was Brazil's call - limited Obama's comments on the matter for much of the day.
      • Sting puts 14 of 14 tour buses off road, AP learns Mar 19, 2022 11:09 PM

        • ALBANY, N.Y. - A sting operation by New York state transportation investigators and law enforcement a week after a horrific fatal tour bus crash included a single stop in Manhattan in which all 14 tour buses pulled over were ordered off the road, a state official familiar with the investigation said Saturday.
        • The state Department of Transportation investigators found 10 major vehicle issues and 40 minor infractions, the official said.
        • Gov. Andrew Cuomo directed the operation at DOT checkpoints as part of his order to investigate the Bronx crash of the tour bus, which was serving casino customers, while stepping up enforcement of all tour buses statewide.
          • Upset special: Butler beats Pittsburgh 71-70 Mar 19, 2022 10:23 PM

            • WASHINGTON - With plenty of help from Pittsburgh, Butler found another way to pull off a stunning upset in the NCAA tournament.
            • Matt Howard made one free throw with 0.8 seconds left to cap a wild final sequence, and Butler shocked the top-seeded Panthers 71-70 Saturday night to advance to the round of 16.
            • After Butler's Shelvin Mack inexplicably fouled Gilbert Brown near midcourt with 1.4 seconds left, Brown made the first try to tie it.
              • Japan cites radiation in milk, spinach near plant Mar 19, 2022 10:05 PM

                • FUKUSHIMA, Japan - Japan announced the first signs that contamination from its tsunami-crippled nuclear complex have seeped into the food chain, saying that radiation levels in spinach and milk from farms near the facility exceeded government safety limits.
                • Japanese officials insisted that the small amounts of radiation - with traces also found in tap water in Tokyo - posed no immediate health threat, and said the situation at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, while still unpredictable, appeared to be coming under control after near-constant dousing of water to prevent spent fuel rods from burning up.
                • Emergency teams using an unmanned vehicle to spray water targeting the most at-risk of the plant's six reactors launched a new round Sunday - aimed at the plant's Unit 4 - while preparing to switch power back on for the first time since a March 11 earthquake and tsunami knocked out the plant's crucial cooling systems.
                  • First wave of allied assault: 112 cruise missiles Mar 19, 2022 09:59 PM

                    • U.S. and British ships and submarines launched the first phase of a missile assault on Libyan air defenses Saturday and a senior American defense official said it was believed substantial damage was inflicted.
                    • In the strikes, 112 Tomahawk cruise missiles were fired at more than 20 coastal targets to clear the way for air patrols to ground Libya's air force.
                    • While U.S. defense officials cautioned that it was too early to fully gauge the impact of the onslaught, the official said that given the precision targeting of the Navy's cruise missiles, they felt that Libya's air defenses suffered a good deal of damage.

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