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Top Analyst Upgrades and Stocks to Buy: Baxter, Finisar, Vodafone, Yum! and More

Jon C. Ogg

Investors and traders often look for new research ideas that can generate 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 have broken out the positive analyst calls, and these are some of this Wednesday's top analyst upgrades, initiations and positive analyst research calls seen from Wall Street.

Allot Communications Inc. (ALLT) was raised to Outperform with an $18 price target at Oppenheimer.

Baxter International Inc. (BAX) was added to the Conviction Buy list with an $86 price target at Goldman Sachs.

Finisar Corp. (FNSR) was raised to Outperform from Market Perform by Raymond James after raising guidance.

Mead Johnson Nutrition Co. (MJN) was raised to Outperform from Neutral with a $90 price target at Credit Suisse.

Plains All American Inc. (PAA) was raised to Outperform from Neutral with a $64 price target at Credit Suisse.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL) was maintained Buy and its target was raised by $2 to $46 at Argus.

Vodafone Group PLC (VOD) was started with an Outperform rating by Raymond James.

Yum! Brands Inc. (YUM) was raised to a still-cautious view of Neutral from a very cautious Underperform at BofA/Merrill Lynch.

Deutsche Bank has released its list of top stock picks that will capitalize on cloud computing.