Analysts' Actions: AET COST HMHC PRU SPLS


Buckle (BKE) was upgraded neutral from sell at Janney Montgomery. Twelve-month price target is $41. The company is seeing higher comp sales, said Janney.

Echostar (SATS) was downgraded to hold by TheStreet Ratings.

GT Advanced (GTAT) was upgraded to outperform from neutral at Credit Suisse. Twelve-month price target is $24. Polysilicon and sapphire prices are rising, said Credit Suisse.

Houghton Mifflin (HMHC) was downgraded to hold from buy at Stifel Nicolaus. This was a valuation call, said Stifel.

Pinnacle (PNFP) was downgraded to hold from buy at Wunderlich. This was a valuation call, as the stock is up 33% over the past six months, said Wunderlich.

Prudential (PRU) was upgraded to buy from neutral at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. Twelve-month price target is $103. Strong earnings power should support a solid return on equity over the next few years, said BofA/Merrill.

Quality Systems (QSII) was upgraded to market perform from underperform at FBR Capital Markets. This was a valuation call, said FBR.

Telus (TU) was initiated as a hold by TheStreet Ratings.


Stock Comments / EPS Changes

Aetna (AET) price target increases at Jefferies. This is due to tailwinds from the Coventry accretion and buybacks. $87 12-month price target and buy rating, Jefferies said.

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