Analyst calls: J.C. Penney upgraded

AMC Networks is upgraded to 'outperform,' and Deere is downgraded to 'neutral.'

By MSN Money Partner Aug 9, 2013 12:35PM

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Friday's noteworthy upgrades include:

  • AMC Networks (AMCX) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
  • Accenture (ACN) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Bair
  • Beam (BEAM) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA
  • Cisco (CSCO) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan
  • Heartware (HTWR) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
  • J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Northcoast
  • Potash (POT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BGC Financial

Friday's noteworthy downgrades include:

  • Caterpillar (CAT) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at ISI Group
  • Deere (DE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at ISI Group and to Sell from Neutral at USB
  • Gap (GPS) downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna
  • Merrimack (MACK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merill
  • Orbitz (OWW) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Lazard Capital
  • Transocean (RIG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Global Hunter

Friday's noteworthy initiations include:

  • Acuity Brand (AYI) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman
  • Dillard's (DDS) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham
  • EOG Resources (EOG) initiated with an Outperform at Iberia
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