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3 Stocks With Upgrades: AOL, Seacor, Qiagen

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The following stocks were upgraded Wednesday by TheStreet Ratings: AOL (AOL - Get Report), Seacor Holdings (CKH - Get Report) and Qiagen (QGEN - Get Report).

AOL

The Internet services company reported earlier this month fourth-quarter earnings of $22.8 million, or 23 cents a share, down from year-ago earnings of $66.2 million, or 60 cents.

"We do not expect a particular catalyst for AOL this year other than continued execution on display ad growth both on owned and partner sites, " Miller Tabak analysts wrote in a Feb. 2 report. "Upside to our estimates might come from particularly telegraphed ad client wins."

Shares of AOL were upgraded to hold from sell by TheStreet Ratings.

AOL has an estimated forward price-to-earnings ratio of 21.92; the average for Internet companies is 18.81. For comparison, both J2 Global (JCOM) and Earthlink (ELNK) have lower forward P/Es of 11.41 and 19.15, respectively.

Ten of the 16 analysts who cover AOL rated it hold. Five analysts gave it a buy rating and one rated it sell.

TheStreet Ratings gives AOL a C- grade. The stock closed Tuesday at $18.63 and has risen 23.38% year to date.

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SYM TRADE IT LAST %CHG
AOL $42.10 1.10%
CKH $72.25 0.58%
QGEN $24.78 -0.52%
AAPL $128.49 -0.67%
FB $80.90 1.63%

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