Top Analyst Upgrades and Stocks to Buy: J.C. Penney, VeriFone, Whole Foods, More

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Investors and traders constant look for fresh research ideas that will lead to higher income or more profits. 24/7 Wall St. reviews many fresh research calls each morning to find great ideas from value stocks to growth stocks to dividend stocks. We are breaking out the positive analyst calls as far as stocks to buy and positive research calls today. These are some of this Thursday’s top analyst upgrades, initiations and positive analyst research calls seen from Wall Street today.

Costco Wholesale Corp. (NASDAQ: COST) was started as Buy with $130 price target at Sterne Agee.

Dollar Tree Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR) was started as Buy with $58 price target at Sterne Agee.

ExOne Co. (NASDAQ: XONE) was started as Buy with a $55 price target as a 3D printing industrial materials pure play at Canaccord Genuity.

The Fresh Market Inc. (NASDAQ: TFM) was started as Buy with $60 price target at Sterne Agee.

J.C. Penney Co. Inc. (NYSE: JCP) was started as Buy with $23 price target at Sterne Agee.

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners L.P. (NYSE: KMP) resumed at Overweight by Barclays.

Lifepoint Hospitals Inc. (NASDAQ: LPNT) was raised to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse.

Macy’s Inc. (NYSE: M) was started as Buy with $60 price target at Sterne Agee.

Nordstrom Inc. (NYSE: JWN) was started as Buy with $70 price target at Sterne Agee.

Philips Electronics N.V. (NYSE: PHG) was raised to Overweight at Barclays.

Tenet Healthcare Corp. (NYSE: THC) was raised to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank.

VeriFone Systems Inc. (NYSE: PAY) was raised to Positive at Susquehanna.

Whole Foods Inc. (NASDAQ: WFM) was started as Buy with $61 price target at Sterne Agee.

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