top 30 holdings of various professional investors, including Warren Buffett and George Soros, according to their most recent 13F filings with the SEC. Today, we're taking a closer look at some stocks that have been upgraded by analysts or initiated with buy ratings recently that also show up in at least one of Stockpickr's professional portfolios. >>5 Stocks Set to Soar off Strong Earnings
Anadarko Petroleum Anadarko Petroleum ( APC) was upgraded to outperform from perform at Oppenheimer, with a $90 price target, following its recent settlement with BP (BP) over Macondo oil spill liabilities. Anadarko was gaining $2.18, or 2.9%, at $76.62 in recent trading. As of the most recent reporting period, Anadarko comprises 0.7% of the portfolio of Bruce Kovner's Caxton Associates and 0.8% of Steven Cohen's SAC Capital portfolio. Anadarko, which is engaged in the exploration and production of oil and natural gas, has a market cap of $37.1 billion and a 1.9 short interest ratio, and it trades at a P/E of 44.3. The stock yields 0.5%. Of 23 analysts covering the Anadarko, 17 rate it a buy, and six rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings has a B- buy rating on the stock. Baker Hughes Sterne Agee initiated coverage of Baker Hughes ( BHI) with a buy rating and a $71 price target, citing the company's restructuring efforts toward a geomarket focus. The stock was up $1.53, or 21.9%, oat $54.97 in recent trading. As of the most recent reporting period, Baker Hughes is one of the top holdings of Ken Heebner's Capital Growth Management and comprises 2.8% of John Griffin's Blue Ridge Capital portfolio. Oilfield services company Baker Hughes has a market cap of $23.3 billion and a 1.5 short interest ratio, and it trades at a P/E of 17.6. The stock yields 1.1%. Of 22 analysts covering Baker Hughes, 18 rate it a buy, and four rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings has a B- buy rating on the stock.
Broadcom Societe Generale initiated coverage on Broadcom ( BRCM) with a buy rating and a $41 price target, predicting continued growth from acquisitions at the company. The stock was gaining 84 cents, or 2.3%, at $38.17 in recent trading. As of the most recent reporting period, Broadcom shows up in Citadel Advisors' portfolio, comprising 0.5% of the total. It also showed up on a list of Semiconductor Stocks Liked by Hedge Funds. Broadcom, a provider of semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, has a market cap of $18 billion and a 0.8 short interest ratio, and it trades at a P/E of 21. The stock yields 1. Of 34 analysts covering Broadcom, 26 rate it a buy, seven rate it a hold, and one rates it a sell. TheStreet Ratings has a B buy rating on the stock. Broadcom was featured recently in " 5 Big Stocks to Trade for Gains." Charter Communications Credit Suisse initiated coverage of Charter Communications ( CHTR) with an outperform rating and a $60 price target, citing improving fundamentals and solid free cash flow. Charter was up 66 cents, or 1.4%, at $49.66 in recent trading. As of the most recent reporting period, George Soros' Soros Fund Management owned 844,840 shares of Charter, a 12.6% increase over its previous position. Charter offers residential and commercial customers traditional cable video programming , high-speed Internet and telephone services, as well as advanced broadband services. It has a market cap of $5.4 billion and a 2.7 short interest ratio. Of five analysts covering the stock, four rate it a buy, and one rates it a hold. TheStreet Ratings has a D- sell rating on Charter. National Oilwell Varco Sterne Agee initiated coverage of National Oilwell Varco ( NOV) with a buy rating and an $81 price target, predicting earnings growth over the next several years. The stock was recently trading up $2.10, or 3.4%, at $64.83. As of the most recent reporting period, National Oilwell Varco shows up in T. Boone Picken's BP Capital portfolio, comprising 5% of the total. It's also a top holding in the portfolio of Ken Fisher's Fisher Investments. National Oilwell Varco, a worldwide provider of equipment and components to the upstream oil and gas industry, has a market cap of $26.6 billion and a 1.9 short interest ratio, and it trades at a P/E of 15.3. The stock yields 0.7%. Of 17 analysts covering the stock, 15 rate it a buy, and two rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings has a B buy rating on NOV.
VMware Goldman Sachs placed VMware ( VMW) on its Conviction Buy list, with a $120 price target. Meanwhile, Jefferies downgraded the stock from buy to hold, with a $90 price target. VMware was recently up $6.05, or 6.8%, at $95.57. As of the most recent reporting period, VMware comprises 0.5% of Highbridge Capital Management's portfolio. VMware, a provider of virtual infrastructure software solutions, has a market cap of $37.7 billion and a 1.9 short interest ratio, and it trades at a P/E of 69.9. Of 31 analysts covering the stock, 16 rate it a buy, and 15 rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings has a B buy rating on VMware, earning the stock a spot on its top-rated software stocks list. VMware was included in a September list of 30 Top-Rated Fast-Growth Stocks.
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