Analyst calls: Apple upgraded

General Electric is downgraded to 'neutral,' and McDonald's is downgraded to 'outperform.'

By MSN Money Partner Apr 22, 2013 11:14AM
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Monday's noteworthy upgrades include:
  • BHP Billiton (BHP) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC
  • Beazer Homes (BZH) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
  • First Horizon (FHN) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Compass Point
  • Hess Corp. (HES) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
  • Johnson Controls (JCI) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird
  • Skechers (SKX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T
  • USG (USG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse
  • Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at B. Riley
  • Apple (AAPL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BGC Partners
Monday's noteworthy downgrades include:
  • stock market comstockBarrick Gold (ABX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
  • Ericsson (ERIC) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Societe Generale
  • General Electric (GE) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
  • Kinross Gold (KGC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
  • Newmont Mining (NEM) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank
  • VMware (VMW) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at CLSA
  • Carnival (CCL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura
  • Baker Hughes (BHI) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Argus
  • Under Armour (UA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham
  • McDonald's (MCD) downgraded to Outperform from Buy at CLSA
  • Kimberly Clark (KMB) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
  • Verizon (VZ) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie
  • Alkermes (ALKS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Lazard Capital
Monday's noteworthy initiations include:
  • Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank
  • Sarepta (SRPT) initiated with a Buy at Needham
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