Top Analyst Downgrades and Cautious Views from Wall Street

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Investors often get to see many Buy ratings from Wall St. analysts, but they often do not see when these analysts give lists of stocks to sell nor when the analysts have very cautious comments about companies. We review many fresh research calls each and every day to find great ideas from value stocks to growth stocks to dividend stocks.

These are this Tuesday’s top analyst downgrades and cautious research notes from Wall St.

Bankrate Inc. (NYSE: RATE) was downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman Sachs.

Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) was reiterated as Sell as earnings trends were unsustainable according to Argus.

Compass Minerals International Inc. (NYSE: CMP) was downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital Markets.

Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) was maintained as Hold but earnings estimates were cut in 2013 and 2014, based on lower Windows 8 sales, by Argus.

Rogers Communications Inc. (NYSE: RCI) was downgraded to Neutral from Outperform but still called a core holding at Credit Suisse.

SLM Corp. (NASDAQ: SLM) was downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight by Evercore Partners.

Western Union Co. (NYSE: WU) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup.

Yum! Brands Inc. (NYSE: YUM) was downgraded to Underperform from Buy at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch.

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