Stocks were looking for direction on Friday morning and the markets may finally be poised for a down week. Still, investors seem to be looking for opportunities with overlooked stocks or stories that will play out into 2015. 24/7 Wall St. reviews dozens of analyst research reports each morning of the week, with a goal of finding new trading and investment ideas for its readers. Some of analyst reports cover stocks to buy, while others cover stocks to sell or to avoid.
These are this Friday’s top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations covered by 24/7 Wall St.
Dollar General Corp. (NYSE: DG) was started with a Buy rating and a $68 price target (versus a $63.77 close) at UBS.
Dollar Tree Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR) was started with a Buy rating and a $68 price target (versus a $55.68 close) at UBS.
Enphase Energy Inc. (NASDAQ: ENPH) was reiterated as Buy and the price target was raised to $20 from $12 at Canaccord Genuity.
Family Dollar Stores Inc. (NYSE: FDO) was started with a Neutral rating at UBS.
HCA Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HCA) was started as Outperform at Leerink.
L Brands Inc. (NYSE: LB) was started as Buy at Wunderlich.
Lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) was maintained as Hold with a $42 price target at Canaccord Genuity.
Methanex Corp. (NASDAQ: MEOH) was started as Buy at Citigroup.
Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) was raised to Equal Weight from Underweight and the price target was raised to $480 from $420 at Barclays.
Noranda Aluminum Holding Corp. (NYSE: NOR) was raised to Buy from Neutral with a $7 price target (versus a $4.24 close) at Goldman Sachs.
Pacific Ethanol Inc. (NASDAQ: PEIX) was started with an Outperform rating and $29 price target (versus a $21.31 close) at Cowen.
Palo Alto Networks Inc. (NASDAQ: PANW) was reiterated Buy at Topeka Capital Markets, and the price target was raised to $120 from $100.
Ruckus Wireless Inc. (NYSE: RKUS) was started with an Underweight rating at Morgan Stanley.
Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (NASDAQ: SLXP) was started with an Underperform rating and $139 price target at Credit Suisse.
Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) was raised to Outperform from Market Perform and the price target was set at $8 by Cowen & Co.
Synchrony Financial (NYSE: SYF) was started with a Neutral rating at UBS.
T-Mobile US Inc. (NYSE: TMUS) was started as Buy with a price target of $40 at Argus.
Vail Resorts Inc. (NYSE: MTN) was reiterated as Outperform at the price target was raised to $97 from $87 at Credit Suisse after its acquisition of the Park City ski resort.
Alibaba has not even started trading, and there are reports that the Chinese online seller of everything was started with an Outperform rating at Wedbush.
In case you missed Thursday’s top analyst upgrades and downgrades, they included JDS Uniphase, JD.com, Palo Alto Networks, Petrobras, SeaWorld, Twitter, Yandex and a dozen or so more.