Analysts' Actions: Alcoa, Alliance Data, Big Lots, Trip Advisor

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- RATINGS CHANGES

Alcoa (AA) was upgraded at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch to neutral from underperform. Valuation call, based on a 12-month price target of $14, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch said.

Alliance Data (ADS) was upgraded at Nomura to buy. Twelve-month price target is $300. PL portfolio can continue to drive growth, Nomura said.

Big Lots (BIG) was upgraded at Benchmark to buy. Twelve-month price target is $49. Operations appear to have turned around, Benchmark said.

Brookdale Senior Living (BKD) was initiated at Jefferies with a buy rating. Pending acquisition of Emeritus (ESC) should drive synergies and incremental equity value, Jefferies said. Twelve-month price target is $40.

Century Aluminum (CENX) was upgraded at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch to neutral. Twelve-month price target is $14. Company is leveraged to higher aluminum prices, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch said.

Global Eagle Entertainment (ENT) was downgraded to sell at TheStreet Ratings.

Gaslog Partners (GLOP) was initiated at UBS with a buy rating. Significant built-in growth opportunities, UBS said. Twelve-month price target is $31.

Dorian (LPG) was initiated at UBS with a buy rating. LPG market dynamics remain positive, UBS said. Twelve-month price target is $23.

Microchip (MCHP) was downgraded at Goldman Sachs to neutral from buy. Valuation call, based on a 12-month price target of $49, Goldman said.

Magnum Hunter (MHR) was upgraded at Stifel Nicolaus to buy from hold. Twelve-month price target is $11. Private placement removes any financing overhang, Stifel Nicolaus said.

Microsemi (MSCC) was upgraded at Goldman Sachs to buy from neutral. Twelve-month price target is $30. Company has attractive, late-cycle exposure, Goldman said.

Northwestern (NWE) was upgraded at Keybanc to buy. Twelve-month price target is $48. Expect Montana acquisition to be approved, which will be accretive to the rate base, Keybanc said.

Oil States (OIS) was upgraded at Sterne Agee to buy from neutral. Twelve-month price target is $72. Completion and offshore businesses can deliver strong earnings growth over the next several years, Sterne Agee said.

PacWest (PACW) was upgraded at DA Davidson to buy. Twelve-month price target is $47. Company will likely make more acquisitions to augment growth, DA Davidson said.

Proofpoint (PFPT) was upgraded at Sterne Agee to buy. Twelve-month price target is $40. New products should continue to drive sales growth, Sterne Agee said.

Safe Bulkers (SB) was downgraded to hold at TheStreet Ratings.

Theravance (THRX) was downgraded at Robert Baird to neutral from outperform. Twelve-month price target is $21. Breo sales have been disappointing, Baird said.

TripAdvisor (TRIP) was upgraded at Pacific Crest to outperform. Twelve-month price target is $116. Growth is accelerating, Pacific Crest said.

Xilinx (XLNX) was downgraded at Goldman Sachs to neutral from buy. Twelve-month price target is $49. Company lacks visibility, heading into the second half of the year, Goldman said.

Zillow (Z) was downgraded at RBC Capital to sector perform from outperform. Valuation call, based on a 12-month price target of $115, RBC Capital said.

Zillow was downgraded at Pacific Crest to sector perform. Valuation call, Pacific Crest said.

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