Editor's note: In this feature from Stockpickr, we highlight lists of stocks that have been upgraded by analysts or are experiencing activist investor situations or some other market-moving events.Rumors of the Day: Recent rumors about the possibility of a WebMD ( WBMD) buyout were rekindled Thursday. StreetInsider.com reports that CNBC asked WebMD's CEO, Wayne Gattinella, about the rumors and he gave "no solid answer."
About a month ago, WebMD's stock jumped after Google ( GOOG) announced the departure of Adam Bosworth, head of its Google Health operation; this builds on the rumor that Google would prefer to acquire rather than build out a health site.WebMD shares were sinking 3.4% to $59.25 in recent trading, while Google's were swinging higher and lower, recently down $1.89 at $623.50. Today's Hot List: Target ( TGT) reported a 1.2% rise in September same-store sales, but the numbers were still lower than what the company and Wall Street expected. The retailer revised its full-year earnings to below $3.60 a share, which is in line with analyst consensus estimate. The stock dipped 54 cents to $65.23. Also on the retail front, Wal-Mart ( WMT) reported that September same-store sales rose 1.4%. Wal-Mart, however, raised its earnings estimates -- from a previous range of 62 cents to 65 cents to a new range of 66 cents to 69 cents. The Wall Street consensus is 63 cents. The stock rose 3.4% to $47.13.