SUNNTVALE, Calif., (


) --


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has gained a supporter as a Barclay's analyst upgraded the troubled tech shop to buy from neutral Tuesday.

Citing new products and a possible upswing in PC sales, Barclay's analyst Tim Luke boosted his rating on AMD and raised his target price for the outfit to $7 from $4.

The move comes after a very troubling year for the No. 2 PC chipmaker that has been struggling in a market dominated by


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. Last month, heavy debts and massive losses earned AMD a spot among the

five stocks not likely to survive

another downturn.

Luke doesn't see AMD pulling out of the red anytime soon, though. He predicts AMD will lose $2.04 a share for 2009 and trim those losses to $1.10 next year. Those targets are lower than Wall Street consensus estimates calling for a loss of $1.67 a share this year and $1.94 in losses in 2010.

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The Barclay's upgrade gave AMD shares a 6.2% lift in midday trading Tuesday.

Written by Scott Moritz in New York