Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Cisco, Exxon, Ford, GM, InterMune, Tesla, Twitter and More

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There have been many analyst calls in the wake of recent earnings releases. Also, Credit Suisse issued a series of calls on auto-related companies, and Deutsche Bank initiated coverage on discount brokerage.

Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) was maintained as Underperform with a dismal $20 price target at Credit Suisse. Stern Agee maintained its Buy rating and even raised the price target to $28 from $26.

Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) was reiterated as a Buy with a $114 price target (versus $99.09 Wednesday close) at Argus. The firm noted an investor concern about sluggish production, but it expects production growth to accelerate in the coming quarters due to a series of large projects.

Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F) was started with a Neutral rating and an $18 price target (versus $17.42 Wednesday close) at Credit Suisse.

General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) was started with an Underperform rating and was given a $33.30 price target (versus $33.95 Wednesday close) at Credit Suisse. The firm thinks North America is peaking too early and that there will be low earnings growth ahead.

InterMune, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITMN) saw its stock rise 14% on more takeover and bid interest reports on Wednesday. The biotech outfit was downgraded Thursday morning to Neutral from Buy with a $49 price target (versus $52.06 Wednesday close) at Goldman Sachs.

Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) was started with an Outperform rating and a $325 price target (versus $259.96 Wednesday close) at Credit Suisse, with the firm saying that the electric vehicle is going to have many advantages.

Twitter Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) was maintained as Buy with a $60 price target (versus $44.15 Wednesday close) at BofA Merrill Lynch. The firm talked up the 500 million to 800 million user potential, and that Twitter could generate an additional $500 million to $2 billion in annual ad revenues on these users.