Analysts' Actions -- DineEquity, Papa John's, UPS, Wells Fargo and More

RATINGS CHANGES

Boyd Gaming (BYD) was upgraded to buy at TheStreet Ratings. You can view the full analysis from the report here: BYD.

DineEquity ( DIN) was downgraded to sector weight from overweight at Keybanc. The valuation is less attractive, based on waning confidence in Applebee's, Keybanc said. 

Exelon (EXC) was upgraded to overweight at Morgan Stanley. $37 price target. The company offers attractive growth at a compelling valuation, Morgan Stanley said. 

Federated Investors ( FII) was upgraded to neutral from underperform at Credit Suisse. $27 price target. The company should see a rebound in money market flows next year, Credit Suisse said. 

Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA) was upgraded to buy at TheStreet Ratings. You can view the full analysis from the report here: FOXA.

Hain Celestial (HAIN) was upgraded to neutral from underperform at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. $41 price target. The company has passed internal investigation, which limits potential downside, analysts said. 

National General (NGHC) was downgraded to equal-weight from overweight at Morgan Stanley. $23 price target. The valuation is less attractive, as the stock is up 16% since earnings, Morgan Stanley said. 

Prudential (PRU) was upgraded to buy from underperform at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. $108 price target. The company is leveraged to higher interest rates and the potential for lower regulation, analysts said. 

Papa John's ( PZZA) was downgraded to sector weight at Keybanc. The valuation is less attractive, as the stock is trading at 29x expected 2017 earnings, Keybanc said. 

SunTrust Banks (STI) was downgraded to market perform from outperform at Wells Fargo. The valuation is less attractive, as operating leverage is decelerating, Wells said. 

United Parcel Service (UPS) was initiated with an outperform rating at $125 price target at BMO Capital. The company is a market leader and is trading at a discount to its average historical valuation, BMO said. 

Wells Fargo (WFC) was downgraded to underperform from market perform at BMO Capital. $47 price target. The valuation is less attractive, as the stock is up 15% since the election, BMO said. 

This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.

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