Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades (ATVI, ARNA, BCS, EAT, CIT, CLF, ESRX, MWW, NBR, NOK, NVO, OREX, PBY, GOLD, SWK, STI, VPRT, KEY)

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These are some of the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen from Wall St. research calls this Thursday.

Activision Blizzard Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI) raised to Overweight at Piper Jaffray.

Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ARNA) started as Underperform at Credit Suisse.

Barclays PLC (NYSE: BCS) cut to Neutral at Credit Suisse.

Brinker International Inc. (NYSE: EAT) named Bull of the Day at Zacks.

CIT Group Inc. (NYSE: CIT) started as Perform at Oppenheimer.

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. (NYSE: CLF) cut to Neutral at UBS.

Express Scripts Inc. (NASDAQ: ESRX) maintained Hold but raised 2012/2013 earnings estimates at Argus.

Monster Worldwide Inc. (NYSE: MWW) raised to Outperform from Neutral at Zacks.

Nabors Industries Ltd. (NYSE: NBR) named Bear of the Day at Zacks.

Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) cut to Sell at Deutsche Bank; Cut to Sell at Soc-Gen; Cut to Sell at S&P Equity Research.

Novo Nordisk A/S (NYSE: NVO) raised to Neutral at Nomura.

Orexigen Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: OREX) started as Outperform at Credit Suisse.

Pep Boys – Manny, Moe & Jack (NYSE: PBY) started as Neutral at Credit Suisse.

Randgold Resources Ltd. (NASDAQ: GOLD) raised to Overweight at JPMorgan, but shares were cut to Neutral at Nomura just the day before.

Stanley Black & Decker Inc. (NYSE: SWK) raised to Overweight at Morgan Stanley.

SunTrust Banks Inc. (NYSE: STI) raised to Overweight at JPMorgan.

Vistaprint N.V. (NASDAQ: VPRT) raised to Sell from Strong Sell at S&P Capital IQ … Is that just "less of a sell but still a sell" rating?

Credit Suisse gave a model portfolio trade alert called "go long" on KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY). It said, "We look for 3Q12 and 4Q12 EPS to beat market expectations, and believe investors will increase EPS estimates for '13/'14 in 2H12. We believe this will be driven by core efficiency ratio improvement in 2H12."

JON C. OGG


Filed under: 24/7 Wall St. Wire, Analyst Calls Tagged: ARNA, ATVI, BCS, CIT, CLF, EAT, ESRX, gold, KEY, MWW, NBR, NOK, NVO, OREX, PBY, STI, SWK, VPRT
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