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Stock Upgrades: American Water Works Will Make You Liquid

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Wall Street ratings agencies set the tone for today's stock market.

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On Ascension Day, stocks fell for the first time in six sessions. An unloved Monster Beverage (MNST) plunged 5.20% for the S&P 500′s (^GSPC) poorest performance. It makes Peace Tea but the trigger-happy fared even worse, with World of Warcraft propelling a 5.70% implosion in Activision (ATVI).

Baseball card behemoth Collectors Universe (CLCT) surged 9.36%, this as the world was again reminded that O.J. Simpson literally got away with murder but was sent to the slammer for stealing sports memorabilia.

A quiet week in economic data concludes with no top-tier data due on today's docket. In earnings action, ArcelorMittal (MT), BT Group (BT), GoldFields (GFI), Nissan Motor (OTCMKTS:NSANY), Panasonic (OTCMKTS:PCRFY), Student Transportation (STB), and UniCredit (OTCMKTS:UNCFF) are all expected to announce results.

American Water Works (NYSE:AWK): A second upgrade in 24-hours for the firm, which finished at a fresh peak on yesterday's broker boost. This morning Citigroup moves the stock to Buy from Neutral.

Arkansas Best (ABFS): Shares are now Buy from Neutral at Citigroup.

Becton Dickinson (BDX): The stock gets moved to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie.

Boston Scientific (BSX): A robust product pipeline prompts Wells Fargo to move the medical device maker to Outperform from Market Perform.

BT Group (BT): Shares of the British telecom titan are surging 12.04% to a half decade high in London as we speak, with impressive earnings and a dividend increase occurring in tandem with a Buy-from-Neutral boost at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch. Its analysts wrote in a note that "BT now looks to be within striking distance of its ambition to return to top line growth."

Edison International (EIX): The electric utility is now Buy from Neutral at Citigroup, which sees a more compelling valuation following yesterday's 2.66% tumble.

Forest Oil (FST): Stifel hoists the stock to Buy from Hold.

Granite Construction (GVA): GVA gets upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman Sachs.

Park Electrochemical (PKE): Shares are upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham, whose target is $27. Solid earnings and an improved cost structure are each cited as catalysts.

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers (RRGB): The stock is raised to Buy from Neutral at Northcoast.

Stoneridge (SRI): Shares are upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T Capital Markets.

TECO Energy (TE): TE is taken to Buy from Hold with Williams Capital Group.

(See also: New Stock Coverage: Frozen Smiles All Around at Allergan and Stock Downgrades: Dean Foods Cries Over Spilled Milk.)
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