Investors and traders are usually on the lookout for new research ideas that will generate higher income or more profits. 24/7 Wall St. reviews many analyst research calls from Wall St. and from boutique firms to find great ideas in value stocks, growth stocks and dividend stocks. Some are stocks to buy, while some ideas are even stocks to sell.
These are the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations we have seen from select Wall St. research calls this Friday.
Aflac Inc. (NYSE: AFL) raised to Buy from Neutral at Stern Agee.
Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) was maintained as Outperform but its target cut to $320 from $334 at Credit Suisse.
Anheuser-Busch InBev N.V. (NYSE: BUD) was cut to a Conviction Sell from a normal Sell rating at Goldman Sachs.
Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) was raised to Buy from Hold at BB&T.
Boston Scientific Corp. (NYSE: BSX) raised to Outperform from Neutral and target price raised to $8.75 from $8.50 at Credit Suisse.
Corning Inc. (NYSE: GLW) reiterated Buy with $20 price target at Argus.
eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) reiterated Buy with $65 target as pullback brings favorable entry point according to Argus.
Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) was raised to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James.
National Instruments Corp. (NASDAQ: NATI) was downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at J.P. Morgan.
PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust (NYSE: PMT) was raised to Outperform at KBW.
Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) reiterated Buy with $80 target, and the sell-off viewed as an opportunity to initiate or add to positions according to Argus.
Raymond James Financial Inc. (NYSE: RJF) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup.
Regions Financial Corp. (NYSE: RF) was raised to Buy from Hold at Jefferies.
SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ: SPWR) was raised to Outperform from Neutral at Baird.
Unisys Corp. (NYSE: UIS) raised to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna.
USG Corp. (NYSE: USG) was removed from the Top Pick List at RBC Capital Markets and was given a new Outperform rating.
Windstream Corp. (NASDAQ: WIN) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch.
Credit Suisse on MLPs: DCP Midstream Partners L.P. (NYSE: DPM) and Exterran Partners L.P. (NASDAQ: EXLP) were both downgraded to Neutral from Outperform as growth is priced in. EQT Midstream Partners L.P. (NYSE: EQM) was raised to Outperform from Neutral and target raised to $47 from $41 after strong results.