Merck UPGRADED Due to Trial Data and 4 Hot Stocks Not to Miss Today

Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation (NYSE:BAH):  For someone who doesn’t actually live in the community, Reggie Van Lee has built quite a reputation, as the go-to investor, for all things Harlem. The high-powered executive from  the Washington, D.C. consulting firm, Booz Allen Hamilton,  has donated more than a million dollars to various Harlem businesses and community institutions. Until recently, he managed to stay above the political fray, but that changed last September, when Van Lee got behind Congressional candidate Clyde Williams. Shares of Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation are trading  at a 0.95% lower rate today.

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Superior Industries International Inc. (NYSE:SUP):  Shares of Superior Industries International Inc. are trading 1.19% lower today.

Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK):  Merck’s robust Phase III Odanacatib’s trial data for post-menopausal patients with osteoporosis, has been upgraded by Citibank.  Citi believes that Odanacatib could revive a large, but declining market, and raised its price target for Merck shares  from $34 to $50. The company’s shares are trading  at a 4.32% higher rate today.

Piedmont Natural Gas Company Inc. (NYSE:PNY):  A plunge in the price of natural gas has made it cheaper for utilities to produce electricity. But the savings aren’t translating to lower rates for customers. Instead, U.S. electricity prices are going up. Shares of Piedmont Natural Gas Company Inc. are trading at a 1.16% lower rate today.

Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc. (NYSE:ARE):  Investment advisers caution that the narrow focus of many REITs can make them poor choices for small investors who are building their own portfolios. For those who want to give it a go, Morningstar has given favorable ratings to Alexandria Real Estate Equities, BioMed Realty Trust, Corporate Office Properties, Diamond Rock Hospitality, Hospitality Properties and Ventas. Shares of Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc. are trading at a 1.31% lower rate today.

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