Top Analyst Upgrades and Stocks to Buy: Seagate, VeriFone, HP and Others

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Investors and traders seem to be constantly looking for fresh research ideas that will lead to higher income or more profits. 24/7 Wall St. reviews many fresh research calls each morning to find great ideas from value stocks to growth stocks to dividend stocks. We are breaking out the positive analyst calls as far as stocks to buy and positive research calls today. These are some of this Thursday’s top analyst upgrades, initiations and positive analyst research calls seen from Wall Street.

Atwood Oceanics Inc. (NYSE: ATW) was raised to Buy from Neutral at Goldman Sachs.

Credit Suisse has a list of MLPs for investors to buy on weakness.

Demandware Inc. (NYSE: DWRE) was maintained at Buy but added to the Conviction Buy List at Goldman Sachs.

Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc. (NYSE: DO) was raised to Neutral from Sell at Goldman Sachs.

Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) was raised to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies.

Seagate Technology PLC (NASDAQ: STX) was raised to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank.

Statoil ASA (NYSE: STO) was raised to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. (NYSE: HOT) was raised to Buy from Neutral at BofA/MerrilL Lynch.

Thomson Reuters Corp. (NYSE: TRI) was raised to Neutral from Underweight at Piper Jaffray.

UBS gave a list of retail REIT stocks to buy for the rest of 2013.

VeriFone Systems Inc. (NYSE: PAY) was raised to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust.

PropThink has issued a speculative list of biotech stocks to buy for large upside.

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