Bank Analysts Upgrade These Top Stocks August 8th

Wall St. Watchdog reveals information about today’s stock analyst upgrades.

  • UDR (NYSE:UDR): Robert W. Baird Neutral upgraded their rating from Neutral to Outperform and changed their price target to $28.  About the company: UDR, Inc. is a self-administered real estate investment trust. The Company owns, operates, and develops apartment communities located nationwide.
  • Home Properties (NYSE:HME): Robert W. Baird upgraded their rating on this stock from Neutral to Outperform and changed its price target from $60 to $65.  About the company:  Home Properties, Inc. is a real estate investment trust with operations in selected Northeast, Midwest, and Mid-Atlantic markets in the United States. The Company owns, operates, acquires, and rehabilitates apartment communities. Home Properties also manages commercial space.
  • Camden Property (NYSE:CPT): Robert W. Baird upgraded its rating on this stock from Neutral to Outperform and changed its price target from $67 to $68.  About the company:  Camden Property Trust is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust. The Company owns and operates multifamily apartment communities located in the Southwest region of the United States. The properties are located in Texas, Florida, Missouri, North Carolina, Arizona and Kentucky.
  • C.H. Robinson (NASDAQ:CHRW): Robert W. Baird upgraded its rating on this stock from Neutral to Outperform and changed its price target from $71 to $84.  About the company: C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. provides multimodal transportation services and logistics solutions. The Company operates a network of offices in North America, Europe, Asia, South America, and the Middle East. C.H. Robinson provides a variety of logistics services, such as fresh produce sourcing and freight consolidation.
  • YUM! Brands (NYSE:YUM): Robert W. Baird upgraded its rating on this stock from Neutral to Outperform and changed its price target to $60.  About the company: Yum! Brands, Inc, owns and franchises quick-service restaurants worldwide. The Company develops, operates, franchises and licenses a worldwide system of restaurants which prepare, package and sell a menu of food items.
  • Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX): Robert W. Baird upgraded its rating on this stock from Neutral to Outperform and changed its price target to $45.  About the company: Starbucks Corporation retails, roasts, and provides its own brand of specialty coffee. The Company operates retail locations worldwide and sells whole bean coffees through its sales group, direct response business, supermarkets, and on the World Wide Web. Starbucks also produces and sells bottled coffee drinks and a line of ice creams.
  • Bill Barrett (NYSE:BBG): Canaccord Genuity upgraded its rating on this stock from Hold to Buy and changed its price target from $58 to $65.  About the company: Bill Barrett Corporation is an independent oil and gas company focused on natural gas exploration and development in the Rocky Mountain region of the United States.
  • Ares Capital (NASDAQ:ARCC): Ladenburg Thalmann upgraded its rating on this stock from Neutral to Buy.  No price target was given.  About the company: Ares Capital Corporation is a closed-end management investment company. The Company seeks to generate both income and capital appreciation through debt and equity investments by primarily investing in U.S. middle market companies.
  • Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC): Sterne Agee upgraded its rating on this stock from Neutral to Buy and changed its price target to $33.  About the company: Wells Fargo & Company is a diversified financial services company providing banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, leasing, credit cards, and consumer finance. The Company operates through physical stores, the Internet and other distribution channels across North America and elsewhere internationally.
  • Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDSA): Oppenheimer upgraded its rating on this stock from Perform to Outperform and changed its price target to $80.  About the company: Royal Dutch Shell plc operates as an oil and gas company worldwide. The company explores for, and extracts crude oil and natural gas. It also converts natural gas to liquids to provide cleaner burning fuels; markets and trades natural gas and power; extracts bitumen from mined oil sands and convert it to synthetic crude oil; and develops wind power to generate electricity.
  • Ameren (NYSE:AEE): Wunderlich upgraded its rating on this stock from Sell to Hold and changed its price target from $28 to $29.  About the company: Ameren Corporation is a public utility holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, generates electricity, delivers electricity and distributes natural gas to customers in Missouri and Illinois.
  • Campus Crest Communities (NYSE:CCG): Robert W. Baird upgraded its rating on this stock from Neutral to Outperform and changed its price target to $12.  About the company: Campus Crest Communities, Inc. develops, builds, owns and manages student housing. The Company’s properties are located in medium-sized college and university markets. Campus Crest wholly owns some of the buildings, and develops some through a joint venture.
  • ProAssurance (NYSE:PRA): Wunderlich upgraded its rating on this stock from Hold to Buy and changed its price target to $80.  About the company: ProAssurance Corporation is a risk management and claims defense company with a license to write business across the United States. The Company provides medical professional liability insurance to policyholders throughout the United States.
  • NetApp (NASDAQ:NTAP): Auriga upgraded its rating from Hold to Buy and changed its price target to $57.  About the company: NetApp, Inc. provides storage and data management solutions. The Company’s storage solutions include specialized hardware, software, and services that provide storage management for open network environments. NetApp serves enterprises, government agencies, and universities worldwide.
  • EMC (NYSE:EMC): Auriga upgraded its rating on this stock from Hold to Buy and changed its price target to $28.  About the company: EMC Corporation provides enterprise storage systems, software, networks, and services. The Company’s products store, retrieve, manage, protect, and share information from all major computing environments and mainframe platforms. EMC operates offices around the world.
  • Atmel (NASDAQ:ATML): FBR Capital upgraded its rating on this stock from Mkt Perform to Outperform and changed its price target to $17.  About the company: Atmel Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and markets various non-volatile memory and logic integrated circuits using its proprietary technology. The Company’s devices are used in products for telecommunications, computers, networking, image processing, industrial and military applications, and avionics.

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