Analyst calls: Citigroup initiated with a 'buy'

Roche is upgraded to 'overweight,' while Novartis is downgraded to 'equal weight.'

By MSN Money Partner Dec 7, 2012 12:53PM
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Friday's noteworthy upgrades include:
  • McDonald's (MCD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital
  • Melco Crown (MPEL) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
  • Syngenta (SYT) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan
  • Roche (RHHBY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
  • Aetna (AET) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
  • athenahealth (ATHN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink
Friday's noteworthy downgrades include:
  • AvalonBay (AVB) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Cantor
  • Regal Entertainment (RGC) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
  • Toronto-Dominion (TD) downgraded to Sector Performer from Outperformer at CIBC
  • Novartis (NVS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
  • Prudential (PRU) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill
comstockFriday's noteworthy initiations include:
  • 3D Systems (DDD) initiated with a Buy at BB&T
  • Alexion (ALXN) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup
  • Capital One (COF) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital
  • Danaher (DHR) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital
  • Fiserv (FISV) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies
  • Bank of America (BAC) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust
  • Citigroup (C) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust
  • Goldman Sachs (GS) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust
  • JPMorgan (JPM) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust
  • PNC Financial (PNC) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust
  • U.S. Bancorp (USB) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust
  • Wells Fargo (WFC) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust
  • Lennar (LEN) initiated with a Hold at Topeka
  • Microchip (MCHP) initiated with a Buy at Needham
  • Oracle (ORCL) initiated with a Neutral at Wedbush
  • Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) initiated with a Buy at Standpoint Research
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