NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- CHANGE IN RATINGSAmgen ( AMGN) estimates, price target were raised at BMO Capital Markets. Shares are now seen reaching $87. Estimates were also increased, given the company's solid pipeline, BMO Capital Markets said. Market Perform rating. Air Products ( APD) was upgraded at Robert Baird to outperform from neutral. $130 price target. Activist investor can drive operating progress faster, Robert Baird said. Alexandria Real Estate Equities ( ARE) was upgraded to buy at TheStreet Ratings. Saul Centers ( BFS) was upgraded to hold at TheStreet Ratings. Comcast ( CMCSA) was upgraded at Robert Baird to outperform from neutral. $54 price target. Stock has underperformed, despite solid execution, Robert Baird said.
Concur Technologies ( CNQR) was upgraded at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch to neutral from underperform. $94 price target. Growth is accelerating, BofA/Merrill said. Covance ( CVD) was downgraded at BofA/Merrill to neutral. $85 price target. Valuation call, as the stock is up 43% so far this year, BofA/Merrill said. Global Payments ( GPN) was upgraded at Oppenheimer to outperform from perform. $55 price target. Canada appears to have stabilized and Europe remains strong, Oppenheimer said. HMA ( HMA) was downgraded at UBS to neutral from buy as Community Heath is not likely to see competing bids to acquire the company, said UBS. Price target goes to $14.
Itron ( ITRI) was downgraded at Brean Capital to sell from hold. $34 price target. Company cut its guidance again, Brean said. JCPenney ( JCP) was downgraded at Citigroup to sell from neutral and given an $11 price target. Neither stabilization nor a turnaround is evident, Citi said. LPL Financial ( LPLA) was upgraded at Citigroup to buy from neutral and given a $45 price target. Leverage to rising rates and potential bank creation offer upside, Citi said. Mead Johnson ( MJN) was initiated with a perform rating at Oppenheimer. Valuation call, Oppenheimer said. Nextera Energy ( NEE) was upgraded at Morgan Stanley to overweight. $105 price target. Resources business holds greater value, Morgan Stanley said. Oil States ( OIS) was downgraded at Williams Financial to hold from buy. $105 price target. Company missed expectations once again, Williams said.