Top Analyst Upgrades & Downgrades (AWK, BAC, BIP, CAT, C, CPO, DE, DMND, ECA, GPS, GOV, JOYG, JPM, OPEN, SSW, TXRH, USM, VLO)

These are some of Wednesday’s top analyst upgrades, downgrades, and initiations seen from Wall Street research calls.

American Water Works Company, Inc. (NYSE: AWK) added to Strong Buy List at Zacks.
Bank of America Corporation (NYSE: BAC) Cut to Hold at S&P Capital IQ (late-Tuesday).
Brookfield Infrastructure Partners LP (NYSE: BIP) reinstated as Outperform with $32 target at Credit Suisse.
Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) Started as Overweight at Morgan Stanley.
Citigroup, Inc. (NYSE: C) Cut to Hold at S&P Capital IQ (late-Tuesday).
Corn Products International (NYSE: CPO) named Value Stock of the Day at Zacks.
Deere & Co. (NYSE: DE) Started as Underweight at Morgan Stanley.
Diamond Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ: DMND) Cut to Neutral at BofA/ML; Cut to Neutral at Janney.
Encana Corporation (NYSE: ECA) Cut to Neutral at BofA/ML.
Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) Raised to positive at Susquehanna.
Government Properties Income Trust (NYSE: GOV) Cut to Neutral at Janney.
Joy Global, Inc. (NASDAQ: JOYG) Started as Equalweight at Morgan Stanley.
J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) Cut to Hold at S&P Capital IQ (late-Tuesday).
OpenTable, Inc. (NASDAQ: OPEN) Cut to Neutral at BofA/ML; Cut to Market Perform at Morgan Keegan; Raised to Buy at ThinkEquity.
Seaspan Corporation (NYSE: SSW) Cut to Hold at Deutsche Bank.
Texas Roadhouse Inc. (NASDAQ: TXRH) Cut to Neutral at Credit Suisse.
United States Cellular Corporation (NYSE: USM) Cut to Underweight at Morgan Stanley.
Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE: VLO) Reiterated Buy with $35 target at Argus.

We were also given a new updated list of the prized Gabelli Focus Five List showing that all five positions were new positions as special situation stocks that the firm feels are undervalued to the market expectations.  This list outperformed in the last quarter and has significantly outperformed the S&P going back to the 2006 inception.


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