NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- CHANGE IN RATINGS:
Aegion (AEGN) was upgraded to Buy at TheStreet Ratings.
Ascena Retail Group (ASNA) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup with a $20 price target. Long-term value, but near-term comp headwinds.CR Bard (BCR) was upgraded at JP Morgan to Overweight from Neutral. Anticipate favorable resolution of Gore patent litigation. Cryolife (CRY) was downgraded to Hold at TheStreet Ratings. Brown-Forman (BFB) was downgraded at Morgan Stanley to Underweight. Organic sales growth is slowing. $61 price target. Emergent BioSolutions (EBS) was upgraded to Buy at TheStreet Ratings. Flir Systems (FLIR) was upgraded at Needham from Hold to Buy. Valuation call, based on a $27 price target. Starwood (HOT) was downgraded from Buy to Neutral at Suntrust Robinson Humphrey. Valuation call, based on a $65 price target. Hovnanian (HOV - Get Report) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS with a $7.50 price target. Recent rally leaves shares fully valued. Idacorp (IDA) was downgraded from Outperform to Market Perform at Wells Fargo said. Valuation call. Alliant Energy (LNT) was downgraded from Outperform to Market Perform at Wells Fargo said. Valuation call. Lam Research (LRCX) was initiated with a Buy rating at DA Davidson with a $56 price target. Company can gain market share and generate solid earnings growth in the coming years. Marriott (MAR - Get Report) was upgraded from Neutral to Buy at Suntrust Robinson Humphrey. Valuation call, based on a $45 price target. Pepco (POM) was upgraded from Market Perform to Outperform at Wells Fargo. Company should see a better regulatory environment. Parexel (PRXL) was upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup with a $36 price target. Improving core operational metrics. Remy International (REMY) was initiated with a Sell at TheStreet Ratings. Ross Stores (ROST) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup with a $60 price target. Stellar company, but fair valuation. Sandridge (SD - Get Report) was downgraded from Buy to Hold at Wunderlich with a $7 price target. Expect lower near-term earnings, following the Permian sale. Target (TGT - Get Report) numbers lowered at Jefferies. Shares of TGT were downgraded to Hold from Buy with a $59 price target. Tough holiday season. Valspar (VAL) was upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc with a $75 price target. Coating profits with more growth likely in 2013. Werner (WERN) was upgraded from Neutral to Outperform, Robert Baird said. Domestic truckload pricing growth appears to be at an inflection point. Wellpoint (WLP) was downgraded from Outperform to Neutral at Credit Suisse with a $65 price target. New analyst believes the company may face increased competition into 2014. US Steel (X) was upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse with a $30 price target. Company has multiple potential, near-term catalysts.