Investors and traders seem to constantly look for new good research-driven ideas for stocks to buy and for stocks to sell. Some of these come from independent research firms and some come from the large sell-side investment banking firms on Wall St. These are some of this Thursday’s top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen from select Wall St. research calls.
Burger King Worldwide Inc. (NYSE: BKW) cut to Underperform at BofA/Merrill Lynch.
Dover Corp. (NYSE: DOV) started on the Conviction Buy List at Goldman Sachs.
FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) reiterated Buy and raised target to $115 at Argus.
Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE: HON) started as Buy at Goldman Sachs.
Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE: ITW) started at Neutral at Goldman Sachs.
Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC) reiterated Buy with $25 target at Argus.
International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (NYSE: IFF) raised to Buy at Argus.
Legg Mason Inc. (NYSE: LM) raised to Outperform at Wells Fargo.
Life Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: LIFE) cut to Neutral at Cowen.
3M Co. (NYSE: MMM) started as Neutral at Goldman Sachs.
Oracle Corp. (NASDAQ: ORCL) cut to Underperform at CLSA, cut to Equal Weight at Evercore and maintained Outperform with $40 target at Credit Suisse.
Williams-Sonoma Inc. (NYSE: WSM) cut to Hold at Deutsche Bank.
Wisdom Tree Investments Inc. (NASDAQ: WETF) maintained Buy but removed from the prized Conviction Buy List at Goldman Sachs.
Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO) raised to Outperform with $27 target at Oppenheimer.
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