Analyst calls: Family Dollar downgraded

SunPower is upgraded to 'buy,' and Biogen is downgraded to 'neutral.'

By MSN Money Partner Jan 3, 2013 12:41PM
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Thursday's noteworthy upgrades include:
  • Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse
  • Bank of America (BAC) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at JMP Securities
  • Goldman Sachs (GS) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at JMP Securities
  • Morgan Stanley (MS) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at JMP Securities
  • Cisco (CSCO) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
  • Citigroup (C) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee
  • JPMorgan (JPM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee
  • Huntsman (HUN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
  • Medtronic (MDT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho
  • priceline.com (PCLN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
  • Becton Dickinson (BDX) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley
  • Host Hotels (HST) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
  • SunPower (SPWR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Lazard Capital
Thursday's noteworthy downgrades include:
  • Stock market ComstockAMD (AMD) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
  • Altera (ALTR) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
  • Cypress Semiconductor (CY) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
  • LSI Corp. (LSI) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
  • Synageva (GEVA) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
  • Biogen (BIIB) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
  • LyondellBasell (LYB) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup
  • Morgan Stanley (MS) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at SunTrust
  • UnitedHealth (UNH) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
  • Wellpoint (WLP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
  • Aflac (AFL) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
  • SunTrust (STI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James
  • Family Dollar (FDO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James
Thursday's noteworthy initiations include:
  • Akamai (AKAM) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie
  • Cerner (CERN) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan
  • Skyworks (SWKS) initiated with a Buy at Longbow
2Comments
Jan 3, 2013 1:56PM
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If the price of gas keeps going up, they may turn out to be cheaper than driving to town. I've seen them popping up in towns so small I never would have believed it. They have a better inventory than gas station/convenience stores. On the other hand, maybe they have over expanded.
Jan 3, 2013 12:54PM
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Family dollar is a "one trick Pony".  As soon as the economy recovers, people will stop going there. Maybe it can survive until the next recession, maybe not!
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