2012-11-29 16:09:32 -
A number of stocks were upgraded and downgraded by equities research analysts
today, as reported by Analyst Ratings Network ( bit.ly/equitybriefdaily)
and Equity Brief:
UBS AG raised its price target on shares of Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) from
$38.00 to $41.00. They have a neutral rating on the stock.
Stephens initiated coverage on shares of Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM).
They issued an equal weight rating on the stock and set a $28.00 price target.
Barclays Capital raised its price target on shares of ADT Co. (ADT) from $38.00
to $43.00. They have an equal weight rating on the stock.
Zacks reiterated its neutral rating on shares of American Electric Power (AEP).
They have a $44.00 price target on the stock. Zacks' analyst wrote, "American
Electric Power Company Inc. is one
of the largest investor-owned utility holding
companies in the country, catering to over 5 million customers spread over 11
states. Historically, however, the company trades at a discount to its large cap
electric power utility peers due to its high earnings exposure to industrial
customers and its major presence in Ohio. Going forward, the company offers
stable earnings through consistent performance in core regulated operations,
growth through transmission network expansion and an above average dividend
yield. However, tepid economies in a number of its service states restrict
opportunities for growth. Also, uncertainty surrounding pending regulatory
cases, its predominantly fossil-fuel based generation assets and lower wholesale
sales continue to weigh on the valuation of the stock."
BMO Capital Markets upgraded shares of Apartment Investment & Management Co
(AIV) from a market perform rating to an outperform rating. BMO Capital Markets
now has a $28.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $27.00.
SunTrust initiated coverage on shares of Altera (ALTR). They issued a neutral
rating on the stock and set a $33.00 price target.
Caris & Co. downgraded shares of Aeropostale, Inc. (ARO) from an above average
rating to an average rating. Their analysts now have a $18.00 price target on
Sterne Agee downgraded shares of Activision Blizzard Inc (ATVI) from a buy
rating to a neutral rating.
BMO Capital Markets upgraded shares of AvalonBay Communities, Inc. (AVB) from an
underperform rating to a market perform rating. BMO Capital Markets now has a
$135.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $134.00.
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