Analysts' Actions -- Big Lots, Finish Line, Taser, Whole Foods and More


Big Lots (BIG) was initiated with a hold rating at Cantor Fitzgerald. Twelve-month price target is $44. Big Lots is implementing multiple initiatives that leave analysts with a positive longer-term bias (initiatives such as reviving same-store sales), but they do not expect to see an immediate payoff, Cantor Fitzgerald said.

Black Hills (BKH) was downgraded at Credit Suisse to neutral from outperform. Twelve-month price target is $55. Mancos Shale may not deliver returns as expected, Credit Suisse said.

Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS) was upgraded at BMO Capital to outperform. Twelve-month price target is $63. Company can deliver steady growth over the next several years, BMO Capital said.

Finish Line (FINL) was upgraded at Janney to buy from neutral. Twelve-month price target is $30. Company is seeing momentum with digital sales and its Macy's (M) partnership and will likely buy back more stock, Janney said.

HollyFrontier (HFC) was upgraded at RBC Capital Markets to outperform from sector perform. Twelve-month price target is $49. Analysts previously saw HFC as more of a trading name, and their concerns were poor operational execution, little master limited partnership drop potential, a likely cut in the special dividend, no regular repurchase program and a likely degradation of HFC's peer-leading margins, RBC Capital Markets said. HFC has now addressed the first four concerns, and the fifth has come in better than expected, RBC Capital Markets added.

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