Upgrades & Downgrades

Format: 2015-08-31
Format: 09:18

Change in Ratings

Bullish
Avon Products upgraded at B. Riley Caris
Feb 13, 2013 | 7:50 AM EST

AVP was upgraded from Neutral to Buy, B. Riley Caris said. $26 price target. Turnaround may not be smooth, but is occuring. 

 

Bullish
Avon upgraded at UBS
Feb 13, 2013 | 8:07 AM EST

AVP was upgraded to Neutral from Sell, UBS said. $21 price target. Despite strong quarter, recovery will not be linear. 

Bullish
Armstrong World Industries upgraded at Citigroup
Feb 13, 2013 | 8:25 AM EST

AWI was upgraded to Buy from Neutral, Citigroup said. $67 price target. Improving nonresidential consturction and low expectations. 

Bearish
Cliffs Natural Resources downgraded at Citigroup
Feb 13, 2013 | 8:31 AM EST

CLF was downgraded to Neutral from Buy, Citigroup said. $36 price target. Deeper issues than perceived. 

Bearish
Cliffs Natural downgraded at Deutsche
Feb 13, 2013 | 7:47 AM EST

CLF was downgraded from Buy to Hold, Deutsche Bank said. $38 price target. Unexpected share issuance will cause 19% to 21% dilution. 

Comcast upgraded at Credit Suisse
Feb 13, 2013 | 7:42 AM EST

CMCSA was upgraded from Neutral to Outperform, Credit Suisse said. $48 price target. NBC Universal buyout is a positive and the company will return more cash to shareholders. 

Dell downgraded at Bernstein
Feb 13, 2013 | 7:41 AM EST

DELL was downgraded from Outperform to Market Perform, Bernstein Research said. Valuation call, based on a $15 price target. 

Fossil downgraded at FBR
Feb 13, 2013 | 7:11 AM EST

FOSL was downgraded from Market Perform to Underperform, FBR Capital Markets said. $95 price target. Earnings growth is decelerating. 

 

Groupon upgraded at Sterne Agee
Feb 13, 2013 | 7:48 AM EST

GRPN was upgraded from Neutral to Buy, Sterne Agee said. $9 price target. Contrarian call, based on the company's long-term prospects. 

Bearish
Heinz downgraded at UBS
Feb 13, 2013 | 8:05 AM EST

HNZ was downgraded to Neutral from Buy, UBS said. $62 price target. Progress in restoring core US momentum remains slow. 

Ironwood Pharmaceutical upgraded at Wedbush
Feb 13, 2013 | 8:38 AM EST

IRWD was upgraded to Neutral from Underperform, Wedbush said. $13 price target. LINZESS strong out of the gates. 

Bullish
Molina Healthcare upgraded at BofA
Feb 13, 2013 | 8:39 AM EST

MOH was upgraded to Buy from Neutral, Bank of America Merrill Lynch said. $41 price target. Strong momentum and HCR tailwinds. 

Bearish
Owens Corning downgraded at Citigroup
Feb 13, 2013 | 8:30 AM EST

OC was downgraded to Neutral from Buy, Citigroup said. $48 price target. Valuation call. 

Bullish
Protective Life upgraded at BofA
Feb 13, 2013 | 8:41 AM EST

PL was upgraded to Neutral from Underperform, Bank of America Merrill Lynch said. $33 price target. M&A could yield further EPS upside. 

Bullish
Philip Morris International upgraded at Nomura
Feb 13, 2013 | 7:43 AM EST

PM was upgraded to Neutral, Nomura said. $94.80 price target. Stock is factoring in the risk of slower growth in Asia. 

Bullish
Pioneer Natural rated new Outperform at Credit Suisse
Feb 13, 2013 | 8:28 AM EST

PXD was initiated with an Outperform rating, Credit Suisse said. $150 price target. Permian basin will likely drive growth.

Ruckus Wireless downgraded at Needham
Feb 13, 2013 | 7:10 AM EST

RKUS was downgraded from Buy to Hold, Needham said. Valuation call, as the stock is up a quick 65% from its IPO price. 

 

Sapient downgraded at William Blair
Feb 13, 2013 | 7:46 AM EST

SAPE was downgraded from Outperform to Market Perform, William Blair said. Company offered disappointing organic growth guidance and margin upside appears limited. 

Update
Sandridge rated new Neutral at Credit Suisse
Feb 13, 2013 | 8:29 AM EST

Coverage of SD was started with a Neutral rating, Credit Suisse said. $6.30 price target. Stock will likely remain range-bound this year. 

Seattle Genetics downgraded at Needham
Feb 13, 2013 | 7:23 AM EST

SGEN was downgraded from Buy to Hold, Needham said. Adcetris sales are lagging expectations. 

 

UTi Worldwide upgraded at Jefferies
Feb 13, 2013 | 8:11 AM EST

Shares of UTIW upgraded to Buy from Hold, Jefferies said. $18 price target. Leverage to restocking with a restructuring kicker.

Stock Comments / EPS Changes

Bullish
Avon Products numbers raised at BofA/Merrill
Feb 13, 2013 | 8:26 AM EST

Shares of AVP now seen eraching $24, according to Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. Estimates also increased, as higher sales is driving margin growth. Buy rating. 

Comcast target raised at Citigroup
Feb 13, 2013 | 8:13 AM EST

CMCSA target increased to 45.50, Citigroup said. NBCU deal a fair price and accretive. Buy rating. 

Bullish
Cooper Companies numbers raised at Jefferies
Feb 13, 2013 | 8:14 AM EST

Shares of COO now seen reaching $100, Jefferies said. Estimates also raised on shift in the CIBA royalty agreement. Hold rating.

Hercules Offshore numbers raised at Jefferies
Feb 13, 2013 | 8:13 AM EST

Shares of HERO now seen reaching $8, Jefferies said. Estimates also raised on solid domestic jackup rates. Hold rating.

Level 3 Communications numbers cut at Canaccord
Feb 13, 2013 | 8:31 AM EST

Shares of LVLT now seen reaching $16, according to Canaccord Genuity. Estimates also reduced, given macro headwinds. Hold rating. 

Bearish
Rackspace estimates, target cut at JMP
Feb 13, 2013 | 8:35 AM EST

RAX estimates were reduced through 2014, JMP Securities said. Company is seeing lower sales. Outperform rating and new $78 price target. 

Bearish
Royal Dutch Shell target lowered at Oppenheimer
Feb 13, 2013 | 8:17 AM EST

Shares of RDS now seen reaching $80, Oppenheimer said. Weak unconventional results take down earnings. Outperform rating.

Economics

Update
Import Prices
Feb 13, 2013 | 6:22 AM EST

8:30am: Import Price Index M/m, Jan., est. 0.8% (prior

    -0.1%)

Update
Advance Retail Sales
Feb 13, 2013 | 6:23 AM EST

8:30am: Advance Retail Sales, Jan., est. 0.1% (prior 0.5%)

Update
Business Inventories
Feb 13, 2013 | 6:23 AM EST

10am: Business Inventories, Dec., est. 0.2%  (prior 0.3%)

Meetings

Update
BofA/Merrill Insurance Conf.
Feb 13, 2013 | 7:15 AM EST

Bank of America Merrill Lynch Insurance Conference (Day 1 of 2) - 02/13/13 - 02/14/13 New York, NY

AMTD Investor Mtg.
Feb 13, 2013 | 6:57 AM EST

Ameritrade Holding Corp. Annual Shareholder Meeting - 10AM

Leerink Healthcare Conf.
Feb 13, 2013 | 7:17 AM EST

Leerink Swann Global Healthcare Conference (Day 1 of 2) - 02/13/13 - 02/14/13 New York, NY

Goldman Tech/Internet Conf.
Feb 13, 2013 | 7:17 AM EST

Goldman Sachs Technology & Internet Conference (Day 2 of 3) - 02/12/13 - 02/14/13 San Francisco, CA

Update
Pacific Crest Technology Conf.
Feb 13, 2013 | 6:58 AM EST

Pacific Crest Emerging Technology Summit (Day 2 of 2) - 02/12/13 - 02/13/13 San Francisco, CA

Update
BB&T Transportation Conf.
Feb 13, 2013 | 7:16 AM EST

BB&T Capital Markets Transportation Conference (Day 1 of 2) - 02/13/13 - 02/14/13 Miami, FL

Update
WAG Investor Mtg.
Feb 13, 2013 | 6:54 AM EST

 Walgreen Co Investor Day - 7AM 

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