NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- RATINGS CHANGES

Cash America (CSH) was upgraded at Sterne Agee to buy from neutral. Twelve-month price target is $50. Uncertainty around U.K. fee caps has been removed, Sterne Agee said.

Embraer (ERJ) was upgraded to buy at TheStreet Ratings.

Eastern Company (EML) was downgraded to hold at TheStreet Ratings.

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Hershey (HSY) was downgraded at Credit Suisse to neutral from outperform. Twelve-month price target is $101. Company said that earnings quality is falling, Credit Suisse said.

Ingram Micro (IM) was upgraded at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch to buy. Twelve-month price target is $36. Company can expand margins based on higher PC demand, Bank of America/Merrill said.

Intel (INTC) was upgraded at UBS to buy from neutral. Twelve-month price is $37.50. The company sees sales upside due to better margins and balance sheet, UBS said.

J.B. Hunt (JBHT) was upgraded at Credit Suisse to outperform from neutral. Twelve-month price target is $86. Company appears to be at an inflection point, Credit Suisse said.

Mellanox Technologies (MLNX) was upgraded at Jefferies to buy from hold. Twelve-month price target is $50.  The company's launch of the Grantley server platform will drive an upgrade cycle, Jefferies said.

Precision Drilling (PDS) was upgraded at Deutsche Bank to buy from hold. Twelve-month price target is $16. Industry still has considerable upside potential, Deutsche Bank said.

Ross Stores (ROST) was downgraded at Sterne Agee to neutral. Twelve-month price target is $68. Company is struggling to balance traffic and margins, Sterne Agee said.

Tech Data (TECD) was upgraded at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch to neutral. Twelve-month price target is $63. Estimates were also increased, given higher PC demand, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch said.

Western Digital (WDC) was upgraded at Robert Baird to outperform from neutral. Twelve-month price target is $120. Company has solid traction with the Hyperscale Cloud, Robert Baird said.

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Now let's look at TheStreet Ratings' take on some of these stocks.

TheStreet Ratings team rates INTEL CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of B+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate INTEL CORP (INTC) a BUY. This is driven by some important positives, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, INTC's share price has jumped by 34.45%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, INTC should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 2.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 1.5%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • INTC's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.23 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, INTC has a quick ratio of 1.68, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • The gross profit margin for INTEL CORP is currently very high, coming in at 74.80%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 15.12% trails the industry average.

TheStreet Ratings team rates HUNT (JB) TRANSPRT SVCS INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate HUNT (JB) TRANSPRT SVCS INC (JBHT) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 9.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 8.9%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.80, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.15, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • HUNT (JB) TRANSPRT SVCS INC' earnings per share from the most recent quarter came in slightly below the year earlier quarter. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, HUNT (JB) TRANSPRT SVCS INC increased its bottom line by earning $2.86 versus $2.59 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.16 versus $2.86).
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Road & Rail industry and the overall market, HUNT (JB) TRANSPRT SVCS INC's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for HUNT (JB) TRANSPRT SVCS INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 14.33%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 4.88% significantly trails the industry average.

This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.

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