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Research Analysts’ ratings reiterations for Friday, June 27th:

Barclays (NYSE:BCS) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Citigroup Inc..

Barclays (NYSE:BCS) had its neutral rating reissued by analysts at Credit Suisse.

Barclays (NYSE:BCS) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Deutsche Bank.

Barclays (NYSE:BCS) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Jefferies Group.

Buckeye Partners, L.P. (NYSE:BPL) had its neutral rating reiterated by analysts at Zacks. They currently have a $86.00 price target on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Buckeye Partners’ earnings in the first-quarter of 2014 missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Escalating costs, combined with dilution from higher units outstanding, negatively impacted its bottom line. The Hess asset acquisition will further accentuate the partnership’s pipeline capabilities. Increased oil production in the U.S. will create a demand for Buckeye’s pipeline operations in the domestic energy sector. Meanwhile, steady progress at two of its major assets- the Perth Amboy terminal and Chicago Complex will provide encouraging future growth opportunities. However, these positives could be offset by increased competition, a possible decline in volumes from refiners and rising operating cost pressure. Thus, we maintained our Neutral recommendation on the stock.”

First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR) had its neutral rating reissued by analysts at Zacks. Zacks currently has a $75.00 price target on the stock.

HSBC (NYSE:HBC) had its hold rating reiterated by analysts at Deutsche Bank.

HSBC (NYSE:HBC) had its underperform rating reaffirmed by analysts at Credit Suisse.

HSBC (NYSE:HBC) had its neutral rating reaffirmed by analysts at Citigroup Inc..

HSBC (NYSE:HBC) had its neutral rating reissued by analysts at BNP Paribas.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (NYSE:IHG) had its underperform rating reissued by analysts at BNP Paribas.

3i Group plc (LON:III) had its sector performer rating reiterated by analysts at RBC Capital.

Imperial Tobacco Group PLC (NASDAQ:ITYBY) had its hold rating reissued by analysts at Berenberg Bank.

Lennar (NYSE:LEN) had its neutral rating reaffirmed by analysts at Zacks. They currently have a $43.00 target price on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Lennar reported strong second-quarter 2014 results. Earnings of $0.61 per share beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 19.6% and increased 41.9% year over year driven by strong pricing power and solid margins. Total revenue of $1.82 billion beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 9.6% and rose 27.3% year over year as Homebuilding, Multifamily and Rialto segments did significantly well in the quarter. Despite a softer-than-expected spring selling season, demand in most of the housing market exceeded supply. The housing demand was driven by high affordability and an expensive rental market. The supply of homes was however restricted by limited land availability. However, rising costs of building materials, labor and land raise serious concerns about maintaining profitability over the long term. Moreover, we would like to see a significant order growth before turning more positive on the stock.”

Lloyds Banking Group PLC (NYSE:LYG) had its neutral rating reaffirmed by analysts at Citigroup Inc..

Lloyds Banking Group PLC (NYSE:LYG) had its neutral rating reaffirmed by analysts at Credit Suisse.

National Grid plc (NYSE:NGG) had its outperform rating reiterated by analysts at RBC Capital.

Randgold Resources Limited (LON:RRS) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at Numis Securities Ltd. They currently have a GBX 5,900 ($100.41) price target on the stock.

STANDARD CHARTERED.5 (NASDAQ:SCBFF) had its hold rating reiterated by analysts at Deutsche Bank.

STANDARD CHARTERED.5 (NASDAQ:SCBFF) had its underperform rating reiterated by analysts at Credit Suisse.

STANDARD CHARTERED.5 (NASDAQ:SCBFF) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at Citigroup Inc..

Strayer Education (NASDAQ:STRA) had its outperform rating reissued by analysts at Zacks. They currently have a $64.00 price target on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Despite a 12.0% year-over-year decline, Strayer Education’s first quarter 2014 adjusted earnings of $1.40 beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 8.5%, owing to lower share count. Total revenue missed the year-ago level and the consensus mark due to a year-over-year decline in enrollment, low revenue per student and one less selling day in the quarter. Strayer has been witnessing weak enrollment trends due to continued unemployment, overall economic downturn and a subsequent decline in student demand. Total enrollments are expected to decline in double digits in 2014. However, the recent improvement in new undergraduate and graduate enrollments is encouraging. Overall, we are encouraged by Strayer’s strong brand position. Further, the company’s corporate alliances give it a competitive advantage and contribute significantly to growth. “

Taubman Centers (NYSE:TCO) had its neutral rating reaffirmed by analysts at Zacks. They currently have a $78.00 price target on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Taubman’s first-quarter 2014 FFO per share beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by a penny. Results were benefited by a rise in rents and lower expenses, which were offset by one time items, which led to in line results. Whatsoever, with best-in-class retail portfolio and a strong tenant base, Taubman is well poised to improve its results in the quarters ahead. Strategic investments at high-end markets bode well for future top-line growth. Also, its healthy balance sheet and cost-saving measures are encouraging. The company recently disclosed its plan to sell seven malls and redeploy the capital. While divestitures are strategic for the long term, they lead to earnings dilution in the near term. Moreover, Taubman’s huge development and redevelopment pipeline increases operational risks. Furthermore, stiff competition and growing customer purchases through catalogs and the Internet remain drags on the demand of its properties. “

Torchmark (NYSE:TMK) had its neutral rating reiterated by analysts at Zacks. They currently have a $86.00 price target on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Torchmark reported first-quarter 2014 net operating income of $1.52 per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate by a couple of pennies. Earnings were also up 9.4% year over year. Strong results came on the back of higher premium revenues as well as an improvement in investment income. We expect the company’s niche market focus, steady capital deployment and strong operating fundamentals to aid its performance in the upcoming quarters. Among the company’s distribution channels, American Income Agency and Direct Response are performing well. Liberty National Life Agency is however, underperforming despite restructuring efforts undertaken for its turnaround. We are optimistic about the company’s acquisition of Family Heritage Life, which is accretive to its earnings. We are, however, concerned about challenges in the company’s Medicare Part D business and its weak premium revenues. A strong capital position and good capital management are the other positives. We thus reiterate our Neutral recommendation on Torchmark. “

Vodafone Group Plc (NYSE:VOD) had its neutral rating reiterated by analysts at BNP Paribas.

Wood Group John Plc (NASDAQ:WDGJF) had its outperform rating reiterated by analysts at BNP Paribas.

Wood Group John Plc (NASDAQ:WDGJF) had its add rating reiterated by analysts at Investec.

Wood Group John Plc (NASDAQ:WDGJF) had its neutral rating reissued by analysts at Nomura.

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