NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- CHANGE IN RATINGS
Check Point (CHKP) was initiated with a market perform rating at BMO Capital. $48 price target. Company has limited near-term visibility, BMO said.
Centurylink (CTL) was downgraded at Piper Jaffray from overweight to neutral. $42 price target. RLEC's are facing increased competition and could be less attractive with higher dividend tax rates, Piper Jaffray said.
Dycom Industries (DY) was upgraded to buy at TheStreet Ratings.Ensco (ESV) was downgraded at Deutsche Bank from buy to hold. $58 price target. Capacity is growing in the offshore market, Deutsche Bank said. Five Below (FIVE) was initiated with a buy rating at Guggenheim. $37 price target. Company can expand margins and deliver 30% annual earnings growth over the next few years, Guggenheim said. Fortinet (FTNT) was upgraded at Oppenheimer to outperform from perform. $24 price target. Solid trends and market leadership, Oppenheimer said. Nabors (NBR) was upgraded at Deutsche Bank from hold to buy. $28 price target. Company has attractive natural gas exposure, Deutsche said. Patterson-UTI (PTEN) was upgraded at Deutsche Bank from hold to buy. $28 price target. Company is leveraged to improving natural gas fundamentals, Deutsche said. Ralcorp Holdings (RAH) was downgraded at UBS to neutral from buy. $90 price target. Company to be acquired by ConAgra, UBS said. Rowan (RDC) was downgraded at Deutsche Bank from buy to hold. $32 price target. Industry could see margin compression, Deutsche said. Shanda Interactive (GAME) was upgraded to hold by TheStreet Ratings. Sherwin-Williams (SHW) was downgraded at Nomura from buy to neutral. Valuation call, based on a $170 price target, Nomura said. Vornado Realty Trust (VNO) was upgraded at Citigroup to buy from neutral. $85 price target. Story poised to improve and valuation overly discounted, Citi said. Workday (WDAY) was initiated with a neutral rating at Piper Jaffray. Valuation call, based on a $49 price target, Piper Jaffray said. Windstream (WIN) was downgraded at Piper Jaffray from neutral to underweight. $6.50 price target. Company lowered guidance, and the dividend remains at risk, Piper Jaffray said.
STOCK COMMENTS / EPS CHANGESAnalog Devices (ADI) numbers were raised at UBS. Shares are now seen reaching $41. Estimates were also raised at solid P&L discipline amidst uncertainty, UBS said Neutral rating.
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