Stock Quotes in this Article: HD, KSS, NFLX, QCOM, TRV

NEW YORK (Stockpickr) -- At Stockpickr, we track daily portfolios of stocks with analyst upgrades and analyst downgrades. With a Stockpickr account (sign up here), you can elect to receive email alerts when a stock in one of your user-generated portfolios shows up when we update these and other lists, including Insider Buys, Stocks With Unusual Options Activity and Top Percentage Gainers.

We also track the 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 recent stocks that have been upgraded by analysts and that also show up in at least one of Stockpickr's professional portfolios.

Netflix

Netflix (NFLX) was recently upgraded to buy from hold at ThinkEquity, which has a $220 price target on the stock, and from underperform to market perform at Morgan Keegan, which cited solid earnings from the comapny.

As of the most-recent reporting period, Netflix shows up in the portfolios of Louis Navellier at Navellier & Associates, at 2% of the total portfolio, and Renaissance Technologies, which increased its stake in the stock by 141.7% in reporting period.

Stock Overview: Netflix is a provider of subscription service streaming movies and TV episodes over the Internet and sending DVDs by mail. It has traded in a 52-week range of $59.28 to $218 and was recently at $213.05. It has a market cap of $11.4 billion and a 2.3 short interest ratio, and it trades at a P/E of 73.6.

Analyst Ratings: Of 32 analysts covering the stock, 11 rate it a buy, 14 rate it a hold, and seven rate it a sell. TheStreet Ratings has a B+ buy rating on Netflix, earning it a spot on the top-rated Internet catalog and retail stocks list.

Earnings: Netflix earned 87 cents a share, or $47.1 million, in its recently reported fourth quarter, on revenue of $596 million. In the year-ago quarter, the company earned 56 cents a share, or $30.9 million, on revenue of $445 million. The company also reported adding 3.1 million new subscribers during the quarter, pushing its subscriber base above 20 million for the first time.

More on Netflix: Netflix was one of the worst-rated S&P 500 stocks for 2011, and according to Insider Monkey, it is one of 20 stocks analysts expect to dive the most. Jim Cramer recently highlighted the stock among former highfliers that could be ready to roll again.

Kohl's

Kohl's (KSS) was upgraded last week to buy from hold at Stifel Nicolaus, based on a $62 price target.

As of the most-recent reporting period, Kohl's comprises 1.7% of Highbridge Capital Management, which increased its position by 43.2% in the period.

Stock Overview: Kohl's operates family-oriented department stores that sell moderately priced apparel, footwear and accessories for women, men and children; soft home products such as sheets and pillows; and housewares. It has traded in a 52-week range of $44.07 to $58.99and was recently at $51.33. It has a market cap of about $15 billion and a 4.4 short interest ratio, and it trades at a P/E of 15.

Analyst Ratings: Of 23 analysts covering the stock, 19 rate it a buy, and four rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings has a B buy rating on Kohl's.

Earnings Estimates: Kohl's is slated to report earnings on Feb. 24. Analysts expect the company to earn $1.64 a share in the quarter, compared with $$1.40 a share in the year-ago quarter, and $3.72 a share for the year, up from $3.23 in the previous year.

More on Kohl's: Kohl's was one of Barclays' 30 best stock picks for 2011, and Action Alerts Plus' Stephanie Link named it one of her top three retail stocks fro the year. Cramer recently include it as one of a few buy opportunities off of market weakness.

Qualcomm

Qualcomm (QCOM) was recently upgraded to outperform from market perform at Morgan Keegan, with a $61 price target, based on the company's solid quarter and expectations of continued smartphone demand.

As of the most-recent reporting period, Qualcomm comprises 0.5% of George Soros' portfolio and 2.9% of Private Capital Management. Soros increased his number of Qualcomm shares by 190.9% during the period.

Stock Overview: Qualcomm designs manufacture and markets digital wireless telecommunications products and services based on its CDMA technology and other technologies. It has traded in a 52-week range of $31.63to $55 and was recently at $53.91. It has a market cap of $88.3 billion and a 2.1 short interest ratio, it yields 1.4%, and it trades at a P/E of 24.8.

Analyst Ratings: Of 34 analysts covering the stock, 29 rate it a buy, four rate it a hold, and one rates it a sell. TheStreet Ratings has a B buy rating on Qualcomm, earning it a spot on the list of top-4ated communications equipment stocks.

Earnings Estimates: Qualcomm recently reported expectations-beating adjustedearnings of 82 cents a share, a 32% increase from the year-ago quarter and above expectations for 10 cents a share. Sales were also up, to $3.35 billion from $2.67 billion a year ago.

More on Qualcomm:
Qualcomm is one of Goldman's eight top tech stocks for 2011, and it showed up on a recent list of 20 stocks with large insider selling.

Home Depot

Home Depot (HD) was upgraded this morning to buy at Goldman Sachs with a new $42 price target.

As of the most-recent reporting period, Home Depot comprises 1.5% of Jean-Marie Eveillard's portfolio at First Eagle Investment Management and is one of the top holdings of Tweedy Browne.

Stock Overview: Home Depot is a home improvement retailer whose stores sell an assortment of building materials, home improvement and lawn and garden products and provide a number of services. It has traded in a 52-week range of $26.62 to $38.12 and was recently at $36.71. It has a market cap of $60.1 billion and a 2.6 short interest ratio, it yields 2.6%, and it trades at a P/E of 19.7.

Analyst Ratings: Of 26 analysts covering the stock, 15 rate it a buy, 10 rate it a hold, and one rates it a sell. TheStreet Ratings has a B buy rating on Home Depot.

Earnings Estimates: Home Depot is slated to report earnings on Feb. 22. Analysts expect the company to earn 30 cents a share in the quarter, compared with 24 cents a share in the year-ago quarter, and $1.98 a share for the year, up from $1.66 a share in the previous year.

More on Home Depot: Home Depot shows up in a recent portfolio of 10 "Dolls of the Dow" stocks that could outperform the market in 2011. 

Travelers

Travelers (TRV) was recently upgraded to buy from hold at Argus Research, with a $65 price target, based on a strong balance sheet and good earnings momentum.

As of the most-recent reporting period, Travelers comprises 2.8% of David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital portfolio.

Stock Overview: Travelers is a holding company that through its subsidiaries is engaged in providing commercial and personal property and casualty insurance products and services to businesses, government units, associations and individuals. It has traded in a 52-week range of $47.69 to $57.78 and was recently at $56.45. It has a market cap of $25.6 billion and a 4.3 short interest ratio, it yields 2.6%, and it trades at a P/E of 8.4.

Analyst Ratings: Of 20 analysts covering the stock, nine rate it a buy, nine rate it a hold, and two rate it a sell. TheStreet Ratings has a B+ buy rating on Travelers.

Earnings Estimates: Travelers earned $1.95 a share in its fourth quarter, or $894 million, down from the previous year's $2.36 a share, or $1.29 billion, on revenue of $6.3 billion.

More on Travelers: Travelers recently showed up on a list of the 10 cheapest Dow dividend stocks for 2011.

-- Written by Rebecca Corvino in New York.

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