It looks like buyers are stepping up to the plate in a small way so far today. We have energy data out at 10:30 that will be a key to how the averages move as well. Let's take a look at where the action may be today.

Story Stocks

Amgen ( AMGN): Biotech giant is flying higher this morning (up 15%) on positive drug news.

Pepsi Bottling Group ( PBG): shares are lower following earnings results.

Google ( GOOG): Stock is higher on news it will develop operating system to compete with Microsoft ( MSFT).

Family Dollar Stores ( FDO): Shares are nearly 6% higher after company guided estimates higher.

NRG Energy, Inc. ( NRG): Shares are higher after company raises outlook and also rejects unsolicited offer from Exelon ( EXC).

PACCAR Inc. ( PCAR): Shares are lower following company cutting dividend in half.

Tractor Supply Company ( TSCO): Stock is higher after company raises guidance.

Upgrades to Watch

First Solar ( FSLR): ThinkEquity upgrades stock to a buy.

Air Products ( APD): KeyBanc raises stock to a buy. $80 price target.

SAP AG ( SAP): Jefferies raises stock to a buy.

Amdocs Limited ( DOX): Goldman raises stock target price to $24.

Peabody Energy ( BTU): Goldman upgrades stock to a buy. $45 target price.

Cigna ( CI): UBS raises target price to $29.

Dryships ( DRYS): Credit Suisse upgrades stock to outperform. $8 target price.

DreamWorks ( DWA): Thomas Weisel initiates stock with an overweight rating. $35 price target.

XL Capital ( XL): Credit Suisse upgrades stock to an outperform. $18 price target.

Research in Motion ( RIMM): Calyon Securities initiates stock with a buy rating. $85 price target.

Freeport McMoran ( FCX): Citigroup upgrades stock to a buy. $58 price target.

Qualcomm ( QCOM): Morgan Keegan initiates stock with an outperform.

Southern Peru Copper ( PCU): Citigroup upgrades stock to a hold from a sell. $22 price target.

Vertex Pharmaceuticals ( VRTX): Goldman raises target price to $36.

Downgrades to Watch

Massey Energy ( MEE): Goldman Sachs lowers target price to $30.

Burger King ( BKC): UBS cuts estimates. $17 price target.

Starwood Hotels ( HOT): Baird cuts stock to an underperform.

Chattem ( CHTT): Jefferies cuts stock to a hold. $72 price target.

Arch Coal ( ACI): Goldman Sachs cuts stock to a neutral. $21 price target.

Applied Materials ( AMAT): Kaufman Bros. cuts estimates. $11 price target.


Ultrashort Plays: SRS, SKF, DUG are still on the radar and I will recommend that traders keep the stops firmly in place in the event we see a pullback.

Treasuries ( TLT): Bonds are slightly higher in the early going.

Gold ( GLD): The yellow metal is falling in price as the action heats up.

Oil ( USO): Trading slightly lower as we await some important energy data at 10:30 am.

The big focus is on the action in the Ultrashort plays. Amgen will be a key name to watch as well. Lots of upgrades to watch again, if we do see any buying momentum return. I would wait to see some evidence of that before embracing the long side here. I'll be back with more.

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