Top Analyst Upgrades & Downgrades (AVL, BYD, CAT, COP, DMD, JNS, MCP, TAP, NLSN, PPL, SLE, SBUX)

These are some of the top analyst upgrades, downgrades, and initiations seen from Wall Street research calls this Monday morning.

Avalon Rare Metals, Inc. (AMEX: AVL) Started as Sector Outperform at CIBC.
Boyd Gaming Corp. (NYSE: BYD) Cut to Sell at Goldman Sachs.
Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) Raised to Outperform as Bull of the Day at Zacks Investment Research.
ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) Raised to Hold at Citigroup.
Demand Media Inc. (NYSE: DMD) Started as Neutral at Goldman Sachs; Started as Buy at UBS.
Janus Capital Group Inc. (NYSE: JNS) Cut to Underperform at BofA-ML.
Molycorp, Inc. (NYSE: MCP) Started as Sector Outperform at CIBC.
Molson Coors Brewing Company (NYSE: TAP) Cut to Hold at Argus.
Nielsen Holdings N.V. (NYSE: NLSN) Started as Buy at BofA-ML; Started as Buy at Deutsche Bank; Started as Overweight at JPMorgan; Started as Outperform at William Blair.
PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL) Raised to Overweight at Barclays.
Sara Lee Corporation (NYSE: SLE) Cut to Neutral at Zacks Investment Research.
Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX) Raised to Overweight at Morgan Stanley.

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