NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- CHANGE IN RATINGS
Amgen (AMGN) was downgraded from Outperform to Market Perform at William Blair. 2013 could be a transitional year for the company.
AOL (AOL) upgraded to buy at TheStreet Ratings.
bebe stores (BEBE) downgraded to sell at TheStreet Ratings.Boyd Gaming (BYD) was downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman Sachs. High expectations for online gaming. Capstead Mortgage (CMO) was downgraded to Market Perform from Market Outperform at JMP Securities. Tighter spreads and greater interest rate uncertainty. Cubic Corporation (CUB) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Benchmark with a $46 price target. Weaker-than-expected quarter. Facebook (FB ) was downgraded from Outperform to Market Perform at Bernstein Research. Valuation call, based on a $27 price target. Noble Energy (NBL) was downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital Markets with a $115 price target. Valuation call. Ritchie Bros (RBA) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Bank of America Merrill Lynch with a $23 price target. Lack of further catalysts. Royal Gold (RGLD) was upgraded from Neutral to Buy at UBS with a $90 price target. Stock is attractive, following a 17% decline. Smucker's (SJM) was upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein with a $107 price target. Imminent rebound in margins. Questar (STR) was downgraded from Buy to Neutral, UBS said. Valuation call, based on $25.50 price target. SunCoke Energy (SXC) was initiated with an Underperform rating at Bank of America Merrill Lynch with a $17 price target. Cautious industry view. United Rentals (URI) was initiated with a Buy rating at Bank of America Merrill Lynch with a $66 price target. Rising rates, penetration and RSC synergies.
STOCK COMMENTS / EPS CHANGESAgilent (A) estimates, target boosted at UBS. Shares of A now seen reaching $51, according to UBS. Estimates also upped, as the company can continue to gain market share in the coming quarters. Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) target raised at Jefferies. Shares of BMY now seen reaching $41, Jefferies said. A pivotal year for shaping long- term growth. Buy rating. Coventry Health Care (CVH) numbers raised at Jefferies. Shares of CVH now seen reaching $46, Jefferies said. Estimates also raised on appreciation reflected in stock portion of take-out. Hold rating. Eaton Vance (EV) numbers raised at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. Shares of EV now seen reaching $37, KBW said. Estimates also raised on expectations of positive flows. Market Perform rating. Jarden (JAH) target raised at Oppenheimer. Shares of JAH now seen reaching $68, Oppenheimer said. Re-acceleration in sales should provide momentum. Outperform rating. Lazard (LAZ) numbers raised at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. Shares of LAZ now seen reaching $37, KBW said. Estimates also raised on strong revenue beat. Market Perform rating. Nielsen Holdings (NLSN) numbers raised at Lazard Capital. Shares of NLSN now seen reaching $40, Lazard said. Estimates also raised on results supportive of capital return potential. Buy rating. Semtech (SMTC) numbers raised at Lazard Capital. Shares of SMTC now seen reaching $39, Lazard said. Estimates also raised on design will pipeline. Buy rating. >To submit a news tip, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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