NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- RATINGS CHANGES
AOL (AOL) was downgraded at Goldman Sachs to sell. Twelve-month price target is $38. Expect some disruption in the sales force and platform integration, Goldman Sachs said.
Arris (ARRS) - Get Report was upgraded at Goldman Sachs to buy from neutral. Twelve-month price target is $42. Pace deal will add to earnings, and industry spending should remain strong, Goldman Sachs said.
Conn's (CONN) - Get Report was upgraded at Oppenheimer to outperform. Twelve-month price target is $39. Estimates were also increased, given a better retail environment and softer credit trends, Oppenheimer said.
Kosmos Energy (KOS) - Get Report was upgraded at Deutsche Bank to buy from hold. Twelve-month price target is $15. Despite an underwhelming response from the market, analysts view KOS' oil and gas discovery at Tortue in Mauritania as potentially transformative to both the conversation and value of the company, Deutsche Bank said.
Mattress Firm (MFRM) was downgraded at Piper Jaffray to neutral from overweight. Twelve-month price target is $62. Company faces execution risk from recent acquisitions and is leveraged to Texas, Piper Jaffray said.
Netflix (NFLX) - Get Report was upgraded at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch to buy from underperform. Twelve-month price target is $722. Original content should continue to attract customers, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch said.
Qualys (QLYS) - Get Report was upgraded at Robert Baird to outperform from neutral. Twelve-month price target is $50. Despite lower guidance, company is cross-selling, which can enhance long-term growth prospects, Robert Baird said.
Swift Transportation (SWFT) was upgraded at Wells Fargo to outperform from market perform. Execution is improving and the company has attractive growth prospects, Wells Fargo said.
Synchrony Financial (SYF) - Get Report was initiated with a market outperform rating at JMP Securities. Twelve-month price target is $36. With about $26 billion market cap and the No. 1 market share of domestic private label credit card receivables, analysts view Synchrony as a high-quality bellwether within the consumer finance sector, JMP Securities said.
Tesla Motors (TSLA) - Get Report was initiated with a buy rating at Jefferies. Twelve-month price target is $350. Concerns about China sales are overblown. Proprietary survey of 700 participants uncovers ample pent-up demand for 500,000 Teslas per year by 2020 in North America and Western Europe alone, Jefferies said.
TripAdvisor (TRIP) - Get Report was downgraded at RBC Capital to sector perform from outperform. Twelve-month price target is $91. Company's revenue is concentrated, and Priceline (PCLN) and Expedia (EXPE) - Get Report appear more attractive at current levels, RBC Capital said.
Olympic Steel (ZEUS) - Get Report was upgraded at KeyBanc to overweight from sector weight. Twelve-month price target is $23. KeyBanc said its analysts' positive view depicts: greater appreciation of underlying profit potential via structural cost reduction momentum and core profitability of contracts; a sizable opportunity for financial deleveraging; and broad-based attractiveness of deep value metrics.
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