Fashion brand Ralph Lauren (NYSE:RL) got a leg-up on Friday, as heavyweight broker Citi upgraded the stock to 'buy' from 'neutral' previously.
Shares gained 0.72% in early deals to US$109.99.
Also on the upgrade front, Monster Beverage (NYSE:MNST) was moved by Goldman Sachs to 'buy' from 'neutral'.
MacQuarie is now more positive on IT and compliance specialist Qualys (NYSE:QLYS) and moved it to 'neutral' from 'underperform'.
In terms of downgrades, analysts at Standpoint Research have moved Abercrombie and Fitch (NYSE: ANF) to 'hold' from 'buy'.
Meanwhile, JP Morgan Cazenove has pushed satellite image group DigitalGlobe (NYSE:DGI) down to 'neutral' from 'overweight', while the target goes to US$27 from US$30.