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Stock Upgrades: Groupon Today's Daily Deal


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

MINYANVILLE ORIGINAL Among last week's standout stocks, soda and carbonated drinks maker Monster Beverage (MNST) added 3.3% to take its 12-month gain to 122.40%. Dollars to donuts, if Big Apple Mayor Mike Bloomberg will forgive the phrase. TomTom (TMOAF) - or Peeping Tom, according to another New York politician - surged 12% in a single session after announcing it will supply map data to Apple Inc. (AAPL). Apple itself auctioned off a piece of its history for $374,500 and Dell Inc. (DELL) announced its first ever dividend; does the tech industry now have a great future behind it?

Amerigroup (AGP): AGP gets upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform by BMO Capital.

Energy stocks: EOG Resources (EOG), Oasis Petroleum (OAS), and Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) all get Buy-from-Neutral boosts at UBS.

GenOn Energy (GEN): Shares are increased to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley.

Groupon (GRPN): The stock is up sharply before the bell this morning after getting moved to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.

ICON plc (ICLR): ICLR is taken to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair.

International Game Technology (IGT): Crédit Agricole takes IGT, a strong performer last week, to Buy from Outperform.

St. Jude Medical (STJ): Shares, which slid 8.8% last week in the S&P 500's (^GSPC) worst performance, are upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Lazard.

UIL Holdings (UIL): Bank of America-Merrill Lynch gives the electric utility an unusual 180 degree upgrade, to Buy from Underperform.

VeriFone (PAY): The company is now Buy from Neutral at UBS.

(See also: Stock Downgrades: No Fun on the Farm for Tractor Supply and New Stock Coverage: Unearthing Treasures in eBay's Attic.)
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