US Bancorp (NYSE:USB) received a strong endorsement from Deutsche Bank this morning when the investment bank raised their rating from Hold to Buy. Analysts at Deutsche Bank feel that USB did not enjoy the same rally that other banking stocks enjoyed and shares appear attractive from a valuation standpoint. Furthermore, they see good long-term potential for USB as they should be able to increase book value over the next few years as other banks will see their book values declining. The firm said that once "earnings normalize" we could see earnings per share returning to the $3 range again.
In morning trading, shares of USB were trading lower by a little more than one percent.
Online movie rental company Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) received a boost today when an analyst at Wedbush Morgan upgraded the company from Hold to Buy. With the upgrade, the firm set a $48 price target, more than 20% higher than yesterday's closing price. Wedbush Morgan expects better margins to be realized from the higher Blu-ray pricing and from the company's investment into streaming content that has become more popular with subscribers over the past few quarters.
Shares of Netflix climbed more than five percent on the upgrade with very heavy volume.
And large-cap gold miner Kinross Gold (NYSE:KGC) was upgraded by TD Newcrest from Hold to Buy. TD feels investors are looking at gold investments as more of an inflation hedge and Kinross shares should benefit from the new influx of investors. The firm sees higher gold prices going forward and have adjusted their model from $800/oz to $900/oz leading them to increase their book value estimates for Kinross from $10.29 to $12.53.
Despite the upgrade, shares of Kinross Gold fell a little less than two percent this morning.
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