Top Analyst Upgrades & Downgrades (CTRN, CSTR, FNFG, IBKR, LNKD, MFRM, NWS.A, UTX)

Source: Jon Ogg
These are some of the top analyst upgrades, downgrades, and initiations seen from Wall Street research calls this Thursday morning.  The number of research calls is dropping significantly and this week is usually very light in research calls as many departments are on skeleton crews this week. 

Citi Trends, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTRN) maintained Underperform and named Bear of the Day at Zacks Investment Research.

Coinstar, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSTR) named as the value stock of the day at Zacks Investment Research.

First Niagara Financial Group Inc. (NASDAQ: FNFG) Started as Buy at Jefferies.

Interactive Brokers Group (NASDAQ: IBKR) Maintained Outperform as Bull of the Day at Zacks Investment Research.

LinkedIn Corporation (NYSE: LNKD) Started as Buy at Collins Stewart.

Mattress Firm Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: MFRM) Started as Outperform at William Blair.

News Corp. (NASDAQ: NWS.A) Raised to the Top Pick List at RBC Capital Markets.

United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX) Cut to Hold from Buy at Argus.

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