NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- CHANGE IN RATINGS
Agilent (A) was downgraded at Stifel Nicolaus to hold from buy. Valuation call, said Stifel Nicolaus.
Aflac (AFL) was upgraded at FBR Capital Markets to outperform from market perform. $71 price target. Company is seeing higher sales and managing its solvency margin ratio better, FBR Capital Markets said.
BB&T (BBT) was upgraded at Oppenheimer to outperform from perform. Valuation call, based on a $40 price target, Oppenheimer said.Beacon Roofing (BECN) was downgraded at Robert Baird to neutral from outperform. $39 price target. Estimates also cut, given lower near-term demand, Robert Baird said. Cepheid (CPHD) was downgraded at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch to neutral. Valuation call, based on a $41 price target, BofA/Merrill said.
(CREE) was upgraded at Canaccord Genuity to buy from hold. $80 price target. Company is leveraged to continued demand for lighting and is seeing lower costs, Canaccord Genuity said. Carter's (CRI) was upgraded at Goldman Sachs to buy. $89 price target. Company deserves a premium valuation, Goldman said. Deckers Outdoor (DECK) was upgraded at Canaccord Genuity to buy from hold. $80 price target. Positive checks show improving fundamentals across the industry, Canaccord Genuity said. Duke Energy (DUK) was upgraded at Deutsche Bank to buy from hold. $74 price target. Sector appears attractively valued, Deutsche Bank said. FirstEnergy (FE) was upgraded at Jefferies to hold from underperform. $36.50 price target. Valuation call, Jefferies said.
(FINL) was downgraded at Goldman Sachs to sell from neutral. Valuation call, based on a $22 price target, Goldman Sachs said. Hess (HES) was downgraded at Societe Generale to hold from buy. $86 price target. Restructuring process could take longer than expected, Societe Generale said. H&R Block (HRB) was upgraded at Morgan Stanley to overweight. $33 price target. GoHealth relationship can drive near-term growth, Morgan Stanley said. J.C. Penney (JCP) was downgraded at Argus to hold from buy. Share offering could dilute investors by more than 40%, Argus said. LKQ (LKQ) was upgraded at Robert Baird to outperform from neutral. $38 price target. Europe can drive near-term growth, Robert Baird said.
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