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Research Analysts’ ratings reiterations for Tuesday, September 17th:

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) had its outperform rating reiterated by analysts at Wells Fargo & Co.. The analysts wrote, “In short, Apple delivered most of what we had hoped: 1) the new 5C should have better gross margins than the original 5 yet still have some of the commonalities to the 5S to provide economies of scale to improve gross margin; 2) further carrier launches at launch (including the addition of NTT DoCoMo); and 3) the introduction of fingerprint (device-side) authentication, which we feel may open up incremental markets for Apple. We believe initial carrier launches and commonalities should drive units and margin improvement.”

Augusta Resource Corp. (TSE:AZC) had its outperform rating reaffirmed by analysts at CIBC. They currently have a C$5.00 price target on the stock.

Best Buy Co. (NYSE:BBY) had its equal weight rating reiterated by analysts at Morgan Stanley. The analysts wrote, “BBY could be a beneficiary of Sears’ further decline given high store overlap and SHLD’s $10B in Appliances and CE revenue. SHLD has posted 8+ years of consecutive negative comps, with $10B+ in lost sales since 2006 in Sears Domestic and K-Mart, and the company continues to close stores.”

Biogen Idec (NASDAQ:BIIB) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at TheStreet. The analysts wrote, “Biogen Idec (BIIB) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of A. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.”

Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE:BMY) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at TheStreet. The analysts wrote, “Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMY) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of B. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.”

Bellzone Mining PLC (LON:BZM) had its hold rating reaffirmed by analysts at Canaccord Genuity. Canaccord Genuity currently has a GBX 4 ($0.06) target price on the stock.

Celldex Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CLDX) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at Wedbush. They currently have a $35.00 target price on the stock.

Conn’s (NASDAQ:CONN) had its outperform rating reissued by analysts at Oppenheimer. The analysts wrote, “Several days ago CONN reported Q2 (July) results and indicated that a systems glitch spurred a delinquency spike within its credit division. Since then CONN is down 25% vs. gains of 3% and 2% in the S&P 500 and our Opco Hardlines coverage. CONN represents one of the most attractive small-cap growth stories in Hardlines, in our view. We have spent a lot of time ‘slicing and dicing’ various credit metrics at CONN and discussing trends with management. Retail stock investors do not quickly forget credit issues. We are convinced that recent credit dislocations at CONN reflect one-time issues and the mechanics of a rapidly growing portfolio. We reiterate our Outperform rating and view the pullback in shares as a buying opportunity.”

Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS) had its neutral rating reiterated by analysts at Zacks. Zacks currently has a $54.00 price target on the stock.

Danaher Corp. (NYSE:DHR) had its neutral rating reiterated by analysts at Zacks. Zacks currently has a $74.00 target price on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Danaher is a global conglomerate that designs, manufactures and markets diverse lines of industrial and consumer products. We are reaffirming our Neutral recommendation on Danaher with a $74 target price. In the recently reported quarter, the company reported a modest revenue growth of 3.5% year over year. Moreover, Danaher expects to benefit from the multiple acquisitions made during the year. The company is also deriving better than expected synergies from the merger of Beckman. Furthermore, the company is also able to drive organic growth and margin expansion, driven by its DBS system. However, due to dismal economic conditions prevailing in Europe, tougher comparables and the company’s narrowed outlook, we remain cautious on the stock’s performance.”

Enterprise Inns (LON:ETI) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Deutsche Bank. They currently have a GBX 190 ($3.02) target price on the stock.

Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at SunTrust. The analysts wrote, “Twitter filed its S-1 yesterday with the SEC, which we believe could value the company as high as $20b. Twitter is reported to be expecting to generate over $1b in revenues next year. If we apply Facebook and LinkedIn’s FY13 P/Sales multiples of 15x and 19x, that would imply a value of ~$20b. This was on the heels of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s reiteration of the company’s core mission at TechCrunch Disrupt on Wednesday. His interview drove home several key points regarding Facebook as a company, and our investment thesis: mission, vision, and catalysts.”

FactSet Research Systems (NYSE:FDS) had its sell rating reiterated by analysts at BTIG Research.

Hawaiian Holdings (NYSE:HA) had its hold rating reissued by analysts at Cowen and Company. They currently have a $7.25 target price on the stock.

Home Depot (NYSE:HD) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at TheStreet. The analysts wrote, “Home Depot (HD) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of A. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, notable return on equity, compelling growth in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.”

Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ) had its hold rating reissued by analysts at TheStreet. The analysts wrote, “Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a hold with a ratings score of C. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.”

International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at TheStreet. The analysts wrote, “International Business Machines (IBM) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of B. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.”

Intel Corp. (NASDAQ:INTC) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at TheStreet. The analysts wrote, “Intel (INTC) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of B. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.”

Jabil Circuit (NYSE:JBL) had its neutral rating reaffirmed by analysts at Zacks. The firm currently has a $25.00 target price on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Jabil Inc. reported mixed third quarter results with earnings beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate but revenues missing the same. We believe that Jabil will continue to face macroeconomic headwinds in the near term. The company continues to invest in the diversified manufacturing segment, which will increase its capital expenditure. Nonetheless, Jabil’s increasing association with Apple is expected to boost its growth prospects going forward. Additionally, estimated strong growth from the Nypro acquisition, restructuring benefits and new customer wins will boost Jabil’s competitive position. We believe that the company is well positioned to grow due to increasing production capacity in the low-cost regions, which will boost profitability over the long term. We have a Neutral recommendation on Jabil, with a price target of $25.00.”

Kroger (NYSE:KR) had its neutral rating reiterated by analysts at Zacks. They currently have a $42.00 price target on the stock.

KYTHERA Biopharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:KYTH) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Cowen and Company. Cowen and Company currently has a $50.00 target price on the stock.

Lumina Copper Corp (CVE:LCC) had its outperform rating reiterated by analysts at CIBC. They currently have a C$15.00 target price on the stock.

MasterCard (NYSE:MA) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at TheStreet. The analysts wrote, “MasterCard Incorporated (MA) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of A+. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.”

Methanex Corporation (NASDAQ:MEOH) had its neutral rating reaffirmed by analysts at Zacks. The firm currently has a $53.00 price target on the stock.

MetLife (NYSE:MET) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at TheStreet. The analysts wrote, “MetLife (MET) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of B. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.”

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) had its hold rating reiterated by analysts at TheStreet. The analysts wrote, “Morgan Stanley (MS) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a hold with a ratings score of C. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.”

Murphy Oil Corp. (NYSE:MUR) had its neutral rating reaffirmed by analysts at Zacks. They currently have a $65.00 target price on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Murphy Oil Corporation reported mixed results in second-quarter 2013 with its earnings beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate, while revenues missing the same. On a year-over-year basis, the top- and the bottom-line improved mainly on the heels of better performance from the Exploration and Production and Corporate segments, partially offset by a decline in contribution from the Refining and Marketing segment. In addition, a rise in oil production at the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas and positive impacts from the sales of the U.K. upstream assets boosted the quarterly results. A strong financial position, divestment of entire U.K. assets, a gas discovery in Australia and significant progress in offshore drilling activities are expected to drive the momentum. However, volatile commodity pricing and strict drilling regulations could offset the positives.”

Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) had its hold rating reaffirmed by analysts at TheStreet. The analysts wrote, “Netflix (NFLX) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a hold with a ratings score of C. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, premium valuation and generally higher debt management risk.”

Oracle Corp. (NASDAQ:ORCL) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at TheStreet. The analysts wrote, “Oracle Corporation (ORCL) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of B. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.”

Pan African Resources plc (LON:PAF) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at Canaccord Genuity. Canaccord Genuity currently has a GBX 16 ($0.25) target price on the stock.

Perion Network Ltd (NASDAQ:PERI) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Benchmark Co.. They currently have a $19.00 price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of $16.00. The analysts wrote, “Yesterday, Perion (PERI-Buy, PT from $16 to $19) announced it had entered into what amounts to a reverse merger with a portion of privately-held search giant Conduit in an all-stock transaction. Conduit shareholders will receive an 81% stake in Perion in return for Conduit’s Client Connect business, which generated nearly $280 million in revenue and $89 million in EBITDA, including 64% and 74% growth in 1H13 respectively, on a TTM basis. Perion will become the third largest affiliate search provider and fourth largest US search provider with a 2% domestic market share. We view the transaction as a significant positive for Perion, giving the company instant scale at a sub-market purchase multiple of 5.5x 2014E EV/EBITDA assuming what we believe is a conservative outlook for Conduit, including no benefit from cost synergies or leverage from existing distribution relationships.”

Pearson (LON:PSON) had its sell rating reaffirmed by analysts at Deutsche Bank. Deutsche Bank currently has a GBX 1,000 ($15.88) price target on the stock.

Praxair (NYSE:PX) had its hold rating reissued by analysts at Zacks. They currently have a $125.00 target price on the stock.

Qihoo 360 Technology (NASDAQ:QIHU) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co.. The firm currently has a $94.00 target price on the stock.

UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at TheStreet. The analysts wrote, “UnitedHealth Group (UNH) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of A. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.”

U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB) had its positive rating reissued by analysts at TheStreet. The analysts wrote, “U.S. Bancorp (USB) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of A-. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.”

United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at TheStreet. The analysts wrote, “United Technologies (UTX) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of A. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, growth in earnings per share and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.”

Visa (NYSE:V) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at TheStreet. The analysts wrote, “Visa (V) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of A-. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and compelling growth in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.”

Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at TheStreet. The analysts wrote, “Verizon Communications (VZ) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of A. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.”

Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE:WFC) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at TheStreet. The analysts wrote, “Wells Fargo (WFC) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of A. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.”

Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at TheStreet. The analysts wrote, “Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of A. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.”

Worleyparsons Limited (ASX:WOR) had its add rating reissued by analysts at Commonwealth Bank.

Watsco (NYSE:WSO) had its neutral rating reiterated by analysts at Zacks. The firm currently has a $96.00 target price on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Watsco reported second quarter 2013 earnings per share of $1.48 and revenues of $1.12 million, both all-time records. Watsco has immense potential in the replacement market for air conditioners and heating systems in the U.S., as nearly 90 million units are more than 10 years old. Watsco’s joint venture with Carrier Corporation remains successful and Watsco’s option to purchase an additional 10% interest in the venture in the Sun Belt region will be accretive to earnings. Watsco reiterated its plans to reduce debt and evaluate options to increase the dividend before 2013 end. However, the volatility in housing starts and lack of potential acquisitions remain concerns. We are maintaining our Neutral recommendation with a target price of $96.00.”

Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE:XOM) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at TheStreet. The analysts wrote, “Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of B. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.”

Yahoo! (NASDAQ:YHOO) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at TheStreet. The analysts wrote, “Yahoo (YHOO) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of B-. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.”

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