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Analyst Upgrades: HERO, P, and VLO

Analysts upwardly revised their ratings on Hercules Offshore, Pandora Media, and Valero Energy

by 7/2/2012 8:54 AM
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Analysts are weighing in today on drilling company Hercules Offshore, Inc. (NASDAQ:HERO - 3.54), Internet radio issue Pandora Media, Inc. (NYSE:P - 10.87), and energy stock Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO - 24.15). Here's a quick roundup of today's bullish brokerage notes.

  • Macquarie raised its rating on HERO to "outperform" from "neutral," sending the stock up roughly 2% ahead of the bell. The commodity stock has shed 20.3% of its value so far in 2012, and HERO is once again preparing to face off with resistance in the $3.60 area. This region briefly served as support back in late May, but has since switched roles to thwart all of the equity's recent rally attempts.

  • P scored an upgrade to "outperform" from "market perform" at Raymond James, which has prompted a pre-market surge of nearly 4% for the shares. The Wall Street rookie has managed to cobble together a year-to-date gain of 8.6%, but P is now staring up at resistance in the $12 level. With 23.2% of the stock's float sold short, a rush to cover by some of the weaker bearish hands could help P tackle this looming technical hurdle.

  • Deutsche Bank upped its price target on VLO to $28 from $22, with the new target implying expected upside of 15.9% from Friday's close at $24.15. Most analysts have slightly higher hopes for VLO, as the equity sports an average 12-month price target of $30. The shares have advanced 14.7% since the start of the year, but they're now trading just south of their 52-week breakeven in the $25.60 neighborhood. Going forward, this area could act as a speed bump for the stock.

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