Analyst calls: Abbott downgraded

Goldman downgrades Royal Dutch Shell to 'sell' and upgrades ConocoPhillips to 'neutral.'

By MSN Money Partner Oct 18, 2012 11:33AM
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Thursday's noteworthy upgrades include:
  • American Eagle (AEO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
  • ConocoPhillips (COP) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman
  • Duke Energy (DUK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
  • Harley-Davidson (HOG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
  • Seadrill (SDRL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
  • U.S. Bancorp (USB) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna
  • Comerica (CMA) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Stifel Nicolaus
  • Exelon (EXC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup
ComstockThursday's noteworthy downgrades include:
  • Abbott (ABT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James
  • CSX (CSX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
  • Comerica (CMA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee
  • Deutsche Bank (DB) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
  • Halliburton (HAL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens
  • Potash (POT) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital
  • Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman
  • St. Jude Medical (STJ) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord
  • Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James
  • Stryker (SYK) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer
Thursday's noteworthy initiations include:
  • Fusion-io (FIO) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays
  • Zillow (Z) initiated with a Buy at Goldman
  • Fossil (FOSL) initiated with an Above Average at Caris
  • Safeway (SWY) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital
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