Analyst calls: Groupon upgraded

Crocs is downgraded to 'underperform,' and Baxter is reinstated with a 'conviction buy.'

By MSN Money Partner Aug 8, 2013 10:45AM
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Thursday's noteworthy upgrades include: 
  • Groupon (GRPN) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS, and to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James
  • Lowe's (LOW) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan, and to Buy from Neutral at Cleveland Research
  • Microsoft (MSFT) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Evercore (Microsoft owns and publishes Top Stocks, an MSN Money site.)
  • Panera Bread (PNRA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich
  • Total (TOT) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
  • Tata Motors (TTM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura
Thursday's noteworthy downgrades include:
  • AngloGold (AU) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at HSBC
  • Carlyle Group (CG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup
  • Crocs (CROX) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Sterne Agee
  • Fusion-io (FIO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Benchmark Co, and to Neutral from Buy at Monness Crespi
  • Ralph Lauren (RL) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at ISI Group
  • Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
  • Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc
  • Target (TGT) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
  • Tesla (TSLA) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
  • Whole Foods (WFM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Northcoast
  • Curtiss-Wright (CW) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
  • Cablevision (CVC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie
Thursday's noteworthy initiations include:
  • Baxter (BAX) reinstated with a Conviction Buy at Goldman
  • Vodafone (VOD) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James
  • Plains All American (PAA) coverage assumed with an Outperform at Oppenheimer
  • Coty (COTY) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup
  • Endo Health (ENDP) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup
  • MAKO Surgical (MAKO) initiated with a Hold at Needham
  • Netflix (NFLX) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird
  • Nike (NKE) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo
  • Stryker (SYK) initiated with a Hold at Needham
  • Under Armour (UA) initiated with a Market Perform at Wells Fargo
  • Valeant (VRX) coverage resumed with an Overweight at JPMorgan
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