Stocks were trying to hold firm Thursday morning, and investors now have an opportunity to check their list of stocks that got away from them for stocks that have pulled back. 24/7 Wall St. reviews dozens of analyst research reports each morning of the week to find new investment and trading ideas for our readers. Some of these analyst reports cover stocks to buy, while others cover stocks to sell or to avoid.
These are this Thursday’s top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations from Wall Street analysts.
Aetna Inc. (NYSE: AET) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman Sachs.
AOL Inc. (NYSE: AOL) was raised to Buy from Hold with a $50 price target (versus a $41.92 close) at Cantor Fitzgerald.
Alpha Natural Resources Inc. (NYSE: ANR) had earnings that were far less bad than expected, and the coal stock was raised to Neutral from Sell at UBS. Sterne Agee maintained its Buy rating and $10 price target. Alpha Natural closed up 8% at $3.70 after earnings.
Astronics Corp. (NASDAQ: ATRO) was started as Buy with a price target of $72 (versus a $57.85 close) at Canaccord Genuity.
Carnival Corp. (NYSE: CCL) was raised to Buy from Neutral with a $45 price target (versus a $36.24 close) at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Chesapeake Energy Corp. (NYSE: CHK) was raised to Buy from Hold at Stifel.