NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -TheStreet Ratings' stock model upgraded Exxon Mobil ( XOM) to 'Buy' from 'Hold'. Net income at this $315 billion market cap, oil & natural gas giant nearly doubled by rising 97.3% to $7.6 billion in second quarter over the prior second quarter.

TheStreet Ratings released rating changes on nine additional U.S. common stocks for September 28, 2010. In total, two three stocks were downgraded and eight stocks have been upgraded by our stock model.

Second quarter revenue at Exxon Mobil grew by 25.5% to $82.7 billion over the same quarter last year. Learn more about Exxon Mobil: Company Profile, Income Statement, Balance Sheet, Stock Ratios, Analyst Ratings.

In another upgrade, shares of L.B. Foster Company ( FSTR) have moved to 'Buy' from 'Hold'. Second quarter net income jumped by 126% to a profit of $6 million compared to the year ago quarter. Over the same period, revenue rose by 20.3% to $120 million. Learn more about L.B. Foster Company: Company Profile, Income Statement, Balance Sheet, Stock Ratios, Analyst Ratings.

-- Reported by Kevin Baker in Jupiter, Fla.

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Kevin Baker became the senior financial analyst for TheStreet Ratings upon the August 2006 acquisition of Weiss Ratings by TheStreet.com, covering mutual funds. He joined the Weiss Group in 1997 as a banking and brokerage analyst. In 1999, he created the Weiss Group's first ratings to gauge the level of risk in U.S. equities. Baker received a B.S. degree in management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an M.B.A. with a finance specialization from Nova Southeastern University.

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