NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- CHANGE IN RATINGS
Chesapeake Energy (CHK) upgraded at Argus from Sell to Hold, Argus said. Board changes are positive.
Continental Resources (CLR) upgraded at Jefferies to Buy from Hold, Jefferies said. Reasonable valuation for Williston growth.CIFC (DFR) upgraded to hold at TheStreet Ratings. Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS) upgraded at Wells Fargo to Outperform from Market Perform, Wells Fargo said. $52 to $55 valuation range. Multiple catalysts could take numbers higher. Facebook (FB - Get Report) rated new Market Outperform at JMP. $37 price target. Only scratched surface in monetizing user base. First Merit (FMER) downgraded at Baird from Neutral to Underperform, Robert Baird said. $13 price target. Company is leveraged to lower interest rates and a potential U.S. recession. Gentium SpA (GENT) downgraded to hold at TheStreet Ratings. Groupon (GRPN - Get Report) upgraded at Stifel from Sell to Hold, Stifel Nicolaus said. Investors are already discounting potential accounting revisions. JP Morgan (JPM - Get Report) downgraded at Raymond James from Strong Buy to Outperform, Raymond James said. CIO incident and macroeconomic issues could hang over the stock. Louisiana Pacific (LPX) upgraded at TD Securities to Hold from Reduce, TD Securities said. $9.50 price target. Higher near term free cash flow. Nationstar Mortgage Holdings (NSM) downgraded at Citigroup to Neutral from Buy, Citigroup said. $20 price target. Risk/reward less compelling following ResCap. Northeast Utilities (NU) upgraded at Deutsche from Hold to Buy, Deutsche Bank said. $39 price target. Company has relatively low regulatory risk and no need for new equity. PulteGroup (PHM - Get Report) upgraded at Credit Suisse from Neutral to Outperform, Credit Suisse said. $11 price target. Rising orders should boost margins and improve profitability. Rackspace Hosting (RAX) downgraded at Jefferies to Hold from Buy, Jefferies said. $54 price target. Reducing rating during OpenStack transition. Sherwin Williams (SHW) downgraded at BofA to Underperform from Neutral, Bank of America Merrill Lynch said. $122 price target. Valuation leaves little room for error. Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded at Credit Suisse from Underperform to Neutral, Credit Suisse said. $29 price target. Gas market appears poised for recovery.
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