Analyst calls: Visa, MasterCard initiated with 'buy'

Expedia, Philip Morris and Las Vegas Sands are downgraded to 'neutral.'

By MSN Money Partner Dec 8, 2011 12:23PM
Information provided by Theflyonthewall.com

Thursday's noteworthy upgrades include:
  • Madison Square Garden (MSG) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley
  • Pacific Sunwear (PSUN) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at Piper Jaffray
  • Wipro (WIT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
  • Mobile TeleSystems (MBT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
Thursday's noteworthy downgrades include:
  • Expedia (EXPE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup
  • THQ Inc. (THQI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Murray and to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest
  • Valero Energy (VLO) downgraded to Outperform from Top Pick at RBC Capital
  • Philip Morris (PM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura
  • Las Vegas Sands (LVS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital
  • Baker Hughes (BHI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim
Thursday's noteworthy initiations include:
  • Oceaneering (OII) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman
  • American Capital Agency (AGNC) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley
  • Visa (V) reinstated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill
  • MasterCard (MA) reinstated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill

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