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9 Stock Upgrades From August 10, 2012

Upgrades and downgrades are positive (negative) changes in the rating of a security. An upgrade is usually triggered by a steady improvement in the fundamentals and financials of the equity. Downgrade ratings are vice versa. Changes in the analyst rating could affect the company's stock price significantly. Watch out the current upgrade rating decisions and their market ratios. In total, 9 companies received a new upgrade rating. Below is a detailed overview of the stocks with current price ratios and targets by brokerage firms:

Cogent Communications Group (NASDAQ:CCOI) has a market capitalization of $899.14 million. The company was upgraded by the brokerage firm "DA Davidson" from "Underperform" to "Neutral at $18". The stock price closed at $19.20 and has changed by 5.84% compared to the previous day.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 147.69, Price/Sales 2.91 and Price/Book 5.36. The earnings per share are expected to grow by 650.00% for next year and 19.50% for the upcoming 5 years.

Graco (NYSE:GGG) has a market capitalization of $3.04 billion. The company was upgraded by the brokerage firm "Oppenheimer" from "Perform" to "Outperform ($58)". The stock price closed at $50.29 and has changed by 3.20% compared to the previous day.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 22.45, Price/Sales 3.22 and Price/Book 7.77. The earnings per share are expected to grow by 16.94% for next year and 9.10% for the upcoming 5 years.

Harvest Natural Resources (NYSE:HNR) has a market capitalization of $346.05 million. The company was upgraded by the brokerage firm "Global Hunter Securities" from "Accumulate" to "Buy ($11.5)". The stock price closed at $9.26 and has changed by 3.70% compared to the previous day.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is not calculable, Price/Sales is also not calculable and Price/Book 0.90. The earnings per share are expected to grow by 159.09% for next year.

Jive Software (NASDAQ:JIVE) has a market capitalization of $962.07 million. The company was upgraded by the brokerage firm "Needham" from "Hold" to "Buy ($20)". The stock price closed at $15.57 and has changed by 2.10% compared to the previous day.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is not calculable, Price/Sales 11.12 and Price/Book 6.63. The earnings per share are expected to grow by 59.00% for next year and 30.00% for the upcoming 5 years.

Metropolitan Health Networks (MDF) has a market capitalization of $397.35 million. The company was upgraded by the brokerage firm "Feltl & Co." from "Buy" to "Strong Buy ($10)". The stock price closed at $9.00 and has changed by 12.78% compared to the previous day.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 17.31, Price/Sales 0.71 and Price/Book 3.49. The earnings per share are expected to grow by 16.25% for next year and 11.73% for the upcoming 5 years.

Northern Oil and Gas (NYSEMKT:NOG) has a market capitalization of $1.07 billion. The company was upgraded by the brokerage firm "Global Hunter Securities" from "Accumulate" to "Buy ($27)". The stock price closed at $16.78 and has changed by 1.21% compared to the previous day.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 18.44, Price/Sales 5.40 and Price/Book 2.09. The earnings per share are expected to grow by 51.46% for next year and 35.00% for the upcoming 5 years.

Semiconductor Manufacturing (NYSE:SMI) has a market capitalization of $969.82 million. The company was upgraded by the brokerage firm "HSBC Securities" from "Neutral" to "Overweight ($2.35)". The stock price closed at $1.88 and has changed by -3.09% compared to the previous day.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is not calculable, Price/Sales 0.76 and Price/Book 0.47. The earnings per share are expected to grow by -29.40% for next year and 15.00% for the upcoming 5 years.

Tim Hortons (THI) has a market capitalization of $7.97 billion. The company was upgraded by the brokerage firm "BMO Capital Markets" from "Market Perform" to "Outperform". The stock price closed at $51.38 and has changed by 0.29% compared to the previous day.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 21.06, Price/Sales 2.72 and Price/Book 7.37. The earnings per share are expected to grow by 12.80% for next year and 13.30% for the upcoming 5 years.

Ventrus Biosciences (VTUS) has a market capitalization of $47.96 million. The company was upgraded by the brokerage firm "Cantor Fitzgerald" from "Hold" to "Buy ($7)". The stock price closed at $3.84 and has changed by 4.35% compared to the previous day.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is not calculable, Price/Sales is also not calculable and Price/Book 1.74. The earnings per share are expected to grow by 28.30% for next year and 17.00% for the upcoming 5 years.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.