Merrill Changes Gears on U.S. Automakers

Analyst John Murphy boosted the firm's rating on General Motors to buy -- but lowered Ford to sell

Is General Motors (GM) at that happy stage where the Street sees a recovery? While a sudden U-turn in the company's fortunes is unlikely, Merrill Lynch upgraded the troubled automaker's shares to buy from sell on Feb. 13, while relegating GM's rival Ford Motor Co. (F) to sell from neutral.

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