NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. (SEAS) are higher by 1.53% to $19.30 in pre-market trading on Friday, following a ratings upgrade to "outperform" from "market perform" at FBR Capital Markets (FBRC) .
The firm said it raised its rating on the marine mammal theme park based on its belief concerns regarding the treatment of SeaWorld's animals, which fueled its summer 2014 operating weakness, will soon taper off.
FBR Capital also said cost cutting and a 4.4% dividend yield led it to upgrade SeaWorld's rating.
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The firm set a $26 price target on the stock.
Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates SEAWORLD ENTERTAINMENT INC as a Sell with a ratings score of D+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:
"We rate SEAWORLD ENTERTAINMENT INC (SEAS) a SELL. This is driven by multiple weaknesses, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been a generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself."
Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: