RATINGS CHANGES

Alcoa (AA) was upgraded to hold from sell at Deutsche Bank. $30 price target. The company has strong commodity momentum, Deutsche said. 

CenturyLink (CTL) was upgraded to hold from underperform at Jefferies. $26 price target. Its 8% dividend yield seems more secure in the near term, Jefferies said. 

Gilead Sciences (GILD) was downgraded to hold at TheStreet Ratings. You can view the full analysis from the report here: GILD.

International Paper (IP) was upgraded to outperform from market perform at BMO Capital. $62 price target. The company is leveraged to higher pulp and container board prices, BMO said. 

JetBlue (JBLU) was upgraded to overweight from neutral at JPMorgan. The valuation is more attractive, based on a $27 price target. 

Southwest Airlines (LUV) was downgraded to neutral from overweight at JPMorgan. The valuation is less attractive, based on a $55 price target. 

Packaging Corp. (PKG) was upgraded to outperform from market perform at BMO Capital. $100 price target. The company should benefit from higher container board prices, BMO said. 

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

Verizon (VZ) was downgraded to market perform from outperform at FBR Capital. $52 price target. The company has a weaker growth outlook, FBR said. 

Verizon was downgraded to sector perform at RBC Capital. $51 price target. Earnings estimates were also cut, as the company is facing increased competitive challenges, RBC said. 

This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.

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