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 Street 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 10 of the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen from select Wall Street research calls this Wednesday.
Annaly Capital Management Inc. (NYSE: NLY) was started as Neutral at Credit Suisse.
Bank of Ireland (NYSE: IRE) started as Underweight at HSBC.
Baker Hughes Inc. (NYSE: BHI) was raised to Buy from Hold at Jefferies.
Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBY) was raised to Buy from Neutral at Nomura.
Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX) was cut to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays.
Citrix Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CTXS) was raised to Buy from Neutral at Goldman Sachs.
ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) was raised to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays.
Occidental Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: OXY) was cut to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee.
Panera Bread Co. (NASDAQ: PNRA) was cut to Hold from Buy at S&P Capital IQ (late Tuesday afternoon call).
Salesforce.com Inc. (NYSE: CRM) was maintained as Buy but it was added to the Conviction Buy List at Goldman Sachs
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Credit Suisse has raised its 2013 S&P 500 Index price target to 1,730 from 1,640, and the firm set the 2014 target at 1,900.
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