August 10, 2011 at 21:18 PM EDT
Stocks Upgrades and Downgrades 08-10-11
stock upgrades downgrades

The trend continues… Analysts, going on historical patterns and price targets established by models that have been disturbed at the macro level, continue to upgrade more stocks than they downgrade as the broader market declines. But are they missing something, like that the bigger picture may affect the earnings of the firms they follow? Within these upgrades, I have no doubt there are some stocks that are going to prove unaffected by the economic decline I see ahead. The question is, which are they? Most of these upgrades should be affected by a deteriorated macro environment. Well, here’s today’s listing, so you sift through and find the real winners from the losers. I have one name I’ll be taking a closer look at already...

Stock Upgrades and Downgrades

Upgrades:

COMPANY

ANALYST’S FIRM

FROM

TO

Allstate (NYSE: ALL)

UBS

Neutral

Buy

Altria (NYSE: MO)

Davenport

Neutral

Buy

Brigham Exploration (Nasdaq: BEXP)

FBR Capital

Market Perform

Outperform

Brigham Exploration (Nasdaq: BEXP)

Global Hunter Securities

Accumulate

Buy

Check Point Software (Nasdaq: CHKP)

Macquarie

Neutral

Outperform

Cincinnati Financial (Nasdaq: CINF)

Deutsche Bank

Sell

Hold

Comerica (NYSE: CMA)

Compass Point

Neutral

Buy

Continental Resources (NYSE: CLR)

Morgan Keegan

Market Perform

Outperform

Cree (Nasdaq: CREE)

Canaccord Genuity

Hold

Buy

DCT Industrial Trust (NYSE: DCT)

FBR Capital

Underperform

Outperform

Ecolab (NYSE: ECL)

Deutsche Bank

Hold

Buy

Eli Lilly (NYSE: LLY)

Argus

Hold

Buy

Ellington Financial (NYSE: EFC)

Deutsche Bank

Hold

Buy

Ensco (NYSE: ESV)

Global Hunter Securities

Accumulate

Buy

EOG Resources (NYSE: EOG)

Ticonderoga

Neutral

Buy

Equity Residential (NYSE: EQR)

FBR Capital

Underperform

Market Perform

Fossil (Nasdaq: FOSL)

The Benchmark Company

Hold

Buy

Itron (Nasdaq: ITRI)

Robert W. Baird

Underperform

Neutral

Laboratory Corp (NYSE: LH)

Maxim Group

Hold

Buy

Lorillard (NYSE: LO)

Davenport

Neutral

Buy

Louisiana-Pacific (NYSE: LPX)

UBS

Sell

Neutral

MaxLinear (NYSE: MXL)

Needham

Buy

Strong Buy

Mosaic (NYSE: MOS)

Ticonderoga

Neutral

Buy

Newmont Mining (NYSE: NEM)

Stifel Nicolaus

Hold

Buy

Nordic American Tanker (NYSE: NAT)

FBR Capital

Market Perform

Outperform

Northern Oil & Gas (AMEX: NOG)

Global Hunter Securities

Neutral

Accumulate

Oasis Petroleum (NYSE: OAS)

Morgan Keegan

Market Perform

Outperform

Pfizer (NYSE: PFE)

Argus

Hold

Buy

Plum Creek (NYSE: PCL)

UBS

Sell

Neutral

ProLogis (NYSE: PLD)

FBR Capital

Market Perform

Outperform

Ralcorp Holdings (NYSE: RAH)

Stifel Nicolaus

Hold

Buy

Realty Income (NYSE: O)

FBR Capital

Market Perform

Outperform

Regency Centers (NYSE: REG)

FBR Capital

Market Perform

Outperform

RF Micro Device (Nasdaq: RFMD)

Needham

Hold

Buy

Southwestern Energy (NYSE: SWN)

Global Hunter Securities

Reduce

Neutral

Southwestern Energy (NYSE: SWN)

Barclays Capital

Equal Weight

Overweight

Spreadtrum Communications (Nasdaq: SPRD)

Needham

Buy

Strong Buy

Synnex (NYSE: SNX)

Stifel Nicolaus

Hold

Buy

Tortoise North American Energy (NYSE: TYN)

Robert W. Baird

Neutral

Outperform

TriQuint Semiconductor (Nasdaq: TQNT)

Needham

Hold

Buy

US Airways (NYSE: LCC)

Ticonderoga

Neutral

Buy

VMware (NYSE: VMW)

FBR Capital

Market Perform

Outperform

Westlake Chemical (NYSE: WLK)

UBS

Sell

Neutral

Weyerhaeuser (NYSE: WY)

UBS

Sell

Neutral

Woodward Governor (Nasdaq: WWD)

Robert W. Baird

Neutral

Outperform

Downgrades:

COMPANY

ANALYST’S FIRM

FROM

TO

China Automotive (Nasdaq: CAAS)

Maxim Group

Buy

Hold

Frontline (NYSE: FRO)

FBR Capital

Outperform

Market Perform

General Maritime (NYSE: GMR)

FBR Capital

Outperform

Market Perform

Global Traffic Network (Nasdaq: GNET)

Dougherty & Company

Buy

Sell

James River Coal (Nasdaq: JRCC)

Brean Murray

Buy

Hold

KAR Auction Services (NYSE: KAR)

Barrington Research

Outperform

Market Perform

Overseas Shipholding (NYSE: OSG)

FBR Capital

Outperform

Market Perform

PAETEC Holding (Nasdaq: PAET)

RBC Capital Markets

Outperform

Sector Perform

SatCon Tech (Nasdaq: SATC)

Ardour Capital

Buy

Hold

Ultra Petroleum (NYSE: UPL)

Howard Weil

Market Outperform

Market Perform

Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS)

Wunderlich

Buy

Hold


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