11/02/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Upgrades and Downgrades: Hewlett-Packard Finds A Friend

Stocks resumed their tug of war when the worst August in nine years was quickly followed by the strongest start to September since 1998. Robust manufacturing data from Beijing to Baltimore ensured that in an ongoing battle between the market’s great twin impostors of fear and greed the former ceded center stage. Gordon Gekko who once infamously exalted the latter would have approved even if his ailing alter ego is wise enough to know better. “Lunch is for wimps” was another of the character’s catchphrases but he presumably never dined at Burger King (BKC) whose 14.65% surge continues the ...

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