RATINGS CHANGES 

Adtran (ADTN - Get Report) was upgraded to buy from hold at Needham. $21 price target. The North American business has been stronger, Needham said. 

Burlington Stores (BURL - Get Report) was upgraded to buy at Goldman Sachs. $59 price target. The company can move past the warm winter and continue to expand margins in the coming quarters, Goldman said. 

F5 Networks (FFIV - Get Report) was upgraded to neutral from sell at Citigroup. The valuation is more attractive, based on a $95 price target, Citigroup said. 

Michaels (MIK - Get Report) was upgraded to buy from neutral at Goldman Sachs. $26 price target. The company is growing faster than the industry, Goldman said. 

Maui Land & Pineapple (MLP - Get Report) was downgraded to hold at TheStreet Ratings. You can view the full analysis from the report here: MLP.

Noble Energy (NBL - Get Report) was upgraded to buy from neutral at Nomura. The company has strong financial positioning, Nomura said.

Northern Trust (NTRS - Get Report) was upgraded to outperform from sector perform at RBC Capital Markets. The valuation is attractive, based on a $75 price target, RBC said.

Spirit Airlines (SAVE - Get Report) was upgraded to buy from neutral at Citigroup. $46 price target. The company is seeing a better route mix, Citigroup said.

Silgan (SLGN - Get Report) was upgraded to outperform from market perform at BMO Capital. $58 price target. The company will likely acquire some of the Ball/Rexam assets that need to be sold, BMO reasoned.

Square (SQ - Get Report) was initiated with a market perform rating at William Blair. The company has massive opportunity, but execution remains a risk, William Blair said.

VCA Antech (WOOF) was upgraded to outperform at William Blair. The recent pullback has created a buying opportunity, William Blair said.

Williams-Sonoma (WSM - Get Report) was downgraded to hold at TheStreet Ratings. You can view the full analysis from the report here: WSM.

Xilinx (XLNX - Get Report) was upgraded to outperform from market perform at BMO Capital. $57 price target. Analysts see a higher chance of the company being acquired, BMO said.

 

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