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Investment Analysts’ ratings reiterations for Monday, August 4th:

Acorda Therapeutics (NASDAQ:ACOR) had its neutral rating reaffirmed by analysts at Zacks. The firm currently has a $30.00 price target on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Acorda’s second quarter results were strong with Ampyra sales picking up. Second quarter earnings of $0.11 per share were above the year-ago earnings of $0.09. The Zacks Consensus Estimate was $0.14. Total revenues for the quarter were $97.1 million, up 11.6% from the year-ago quarter. Revenues surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $90 million. Ampyra is expected to grow modestly in 2014 with a price increase driving growth. Meanwhile, we were disappointed about the CRL for Plumiaz. Acorda is also facing a delay in the commencement of its phase III study for a once daily formulation of Ampyra. Given the lack of near-term catalysts, we remain Neutral on the stock. “

Autodesk (NASDAQ:ADSK) had its neutral rating reaffirmed by analysts at Zacks. Zacks currently has a $56.00 price target on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Autodesk reported mixed first-quarter fiscal 2015 results. While revenues beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate, earnings were in-line with the same. The company provided an upbeat guidance for the second quarter of fiscal 2015. We believe that a sluggish macroeconomic environment, weakness in emerging markets, customer concentration and increasing competition are the major headwinds in 2015. Moreover, increasing investment in new products is expected to hurt margins in the near term. However, the company is witnessing improving demand environment in the AEC business segment has significant growth opportunities in this market going forward. Further, the business transition to cloud-based offerings will boost the company’s profitability in the long run. Thus, we remain Neutral and set a target price target of $56.00.”

BorgWarner (NYSE:BWA) had its neutral rating reiterated by analysts at Zacks. Zacks currently has a $64.00 target price on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “BorgWarner posted an 18.7% increase in adjusted earnings to $0.89 per share in the second quarter of 2014, outpacing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $0.87. Revenues improved 16% year over year to $2.2 billion, in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The improvement was driven by global adoption of the powertrain technology, together with benefits from the Wahler takeover. For 2014, BorgWarner expects better performance than 2013. Organic sales are expected to increase 13-15% and net earnings will be in the band of $3.25 $3.35 per share. BorgWarner is poised to benefit from the acquisition of Gustav Wahler and the restructuring of the Drivetrain segment. However, pricing pressure from OEMs and strong competition could affect the company’s results. Thus, we are reiterating our Neutral recommendation.”

CMS Energy (NYSE:CMS) had its neutral rating reaffirmed by analysts at SunTrust. They currently have a $30.00 price target on the stock, down from their previous price target of $31.00.

CenterPoint Energy (NYSE:CNP) had its neutral rating reissued by analysts at SunTrust. SunTrust currently has a $25.00 target price on the stock, down from their previous target price of $26.00.

Duke Energy Corp (NYSE:DUK) had its neutral rating reissued by analysts at SunTrust. SunTrust currently has a $71.00 target price on the stock, down from their previous target price of $73.00.

Exelon (NYSE:EXC) had its neutral rating reaffirmed by analysts at SunTrust. SunTrust currently has a $32.00 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $31.00.

FTI Consulting (NYSE:FCN) had its neutral rating reaffirmed by analysts at Zacks. Zacks currently has a $39.00 target price on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “FTI Consulting reported strong second quarter 2014 results as adjusted earnings and revenues increased year over year and exceeded the respective Zacks Consensus Estimates. The company’s strategy to expand through acquisitions, particularly in the international markets, remains one of its key growth drivers. In addition, management’s plan to drive profitability by restructuring the business and enhancing shareholders’ value through share repurchase is likely to be favorable. However, increased competition, pricing pressure due to market volatility and high exposure to foreign exchange rate risk undermine its growth prospects to some extent. Nevertheless, we maintain our long-term Neutral recommendation on the stock.”

Freeport-McMoRan (NYSE:FCX) had its neutral rating reiterated by analysts at Zacks. The firm currently has a $39.00 price target on the stock.

FMC Corp (NYSE:FMC) had its hold rating reaffirmed by analysts at Jefferies Group. The firm currently has a $74.00 price target on the stock, down from their previous price target of $78.00.

Great Plains Energy (NYSE:GXP) had its neutral rating reiterated by analysts at SunTrust. SunTrust currently has a $26.00 target price on the stock, down from their previous target price of $27.00.

Hyatt Hotels (NYSE:H) had its neutral rating reaffirmed by analysts at SunTrust. They currently have a $59.00 price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of $57.00.

Hawaiian Electric Industries (NYSE:HE) had its neutral rating reissued by analysts at Zacks. They currently have a $25.00 target price on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Ahead of the second-quarter 2014 earnings results, we are maintaining our Neutral recommendation on Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc. The company’s stable financial position and disciplined investment to expand power generation capacity from renewable sources will likely boost its performance. The company’s continued cost curtailment initiatives will subsequently help it to improve future margins. We appreciate Hawaiian Electric’s efforts of maximizing shareholder wealth through the payment of regular dividends. However, we are cautious about stringent utility regulations and volatility in commodity prices, which could challenge the company’s future results.”

Hilton Worldwide Holdings (NYSE:HLT) had its neutral rating reaffirmed by analysts at SunTrust. SunTrust currently has a $26.00 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $24.00.

Heartland Payment Systems (NYSE:HPY) had its neutral rating reiterated by analysts at Nomura. Nomura currently has a $48.00 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $43.00.

Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp (NYSE:KOG) had its neutral rating reaffirmed by analysts at SunTrust. The firm currently has a $14.00 price target on the stock, down from their previous price target of $15.00.

Meritor (NASDAQ:MTOR) had its outperform rating reaffirmed by analysts at Zacks. They currently have a $15.00 price target on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Meritor reported adjusted income of $0.28 per share in the third quarter of fiscal 2014, which surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $0.15. Revenues fell 0.7% year over year to $986 million, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $977 million. The year-over-year decline can be attributed to lower commercial truck production in South America and reduced revenues from the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles program. However, revenues benefited from higher commercial truck production in North America. The company expects adjusted earnings from continuing operations to increase to $0.65- $0.75 per share in fiscal 2014. Meritor is expected to benefit from its new business collaborations, outsourcing to low-cost countries and lower interest expenses due to debt refinancing.”

Manitowoc Company (NYSE:MTW) had its neutral rating reaffirmed by analysts at Zacks. The firm currently has a $28.00 price target on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Manitowoc reported second-quarter 2014 adjusted earnings of $0.35 per share, a 25.5% decline year over year, primarily impacted by lower crane demand. The bottom line also missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $0.41. For 2014, Manitowoc cut its guidance for Crane segment revenue at flat to slightly down and Foodservice operating margins to a mid-teens growth, however reiterating other outlook. Manitowoc remains optimistic regarding its new products. In addition, implementation of strategic initiatives and organizational realignment will improve cost structure. On the flip side, rising competition from a number of crane manufacturers in the Chinese market continue to pose as headwind. Thus, we are reaffirming our Neutral recommendation on Manitowoc with a target price of $28.”

Maxwell Technologies (NASDAQ:MXWL) had its neutral rating reaffirmed by analysts at Zacks. The firm currently has a $10.00 price target on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “We are maintaining Neutral recommendation on Maxwell Technologies Inc. following its second quarter 2014 results. The company reported wider-than-expected loss on lower revenues. Again, the company expects its third quarter top line to decline. However, the company’s ultracapacitor business contributed 73.5% of the total revenue to its top line in the quarter. Maxwell is considered to be the market leader in the growing ultracapacitor market. In addition, we believe that the company’s focus on improving cost structure will help to boost future margins. However, over-reliance on third parties for manufacturing and logistics operations, foreign currency risks and over-dependence on macro-economic factors are causes of concerns. “

Noble Corp plc (NYSE:NE) had its neutral rating reiterated by analysts at Zacks. They currently have a $33.00 target price on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “We are maintaining our Neutral recommendation on global offshore driller Noble Corp. following its second quarter 2014 results. The company posted higher-than-expected earnings, and also showed a sequential increase fueled by solid demand for its wide range of rigs and vessels. The highlights of the quarter included improvement in business fundamentals (as utilization and tendering activity improved for both jackups and deepwater units) and the return of several rigs to active status. Furthermore, the anticipation of better bidding activity might help the company find a better growth route. However, we think these factors are adequately reflected in the present valuation, leaving little room for meaningful upside from the current level.”

NiSource (NYSE:NI) had its neutral rating reiterated by analysts at Zacks. The firm currently has a $39.00 target price on the stock.

Bank Of The Ozarks (NASDAQ:OZRK) had its neutral rating reiterated by analysts at SunTrust. The firm currently has a $36.00 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $35.00.

PerkinElmer (NYSE:PKI) had its neutral rating reissued by analysts at Zacks. Zacks currently has a $47.00 target price on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “PerkinElmer’s second-quarter earnings per share of $0.59 exceeded the year-ago level by 15.7% and were in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Revenues went up 2.9% but fell short of the mark. Revenues improved on the back of sales mix, synergies from productivity initiatives implemented in the previous year and restructuring activities. Though the company reaffirmed its adjusted earnings per share guidance for 2014, we remain cautious regarding the lowered reported earnings guidance for the year. Also, the company continues to face flat growth in Europe. We maintain our Neutral recommendation on PerkinElmer and set a target price of $47.00.”

PPL (NYSE:PPL) had its neutral rating reissued by analysts at Zacks. They currently have a $35.00 price target on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “In second-quarter 2014, PPL Corporation’s earnings per share surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate and improved from the prior-year figure primarily on the back of strong contribution from Supply segment. Gradual improvement in commercial and industrial sales in Kentucky and growth in reseidential customer counts in Pennsylvania will likely boost the company’s forthcoming performance. The company’s steady focus on transmission projects backed by strong liqudity position will enable it to provide reliable services to its customers. We appreciate the company’s steady cost-curtailment intiatives, which will subesquently boost future margins. However, stringent regulations and several operational risks are causes of concern. Thus, we are maintaining our Neutral recommendation on the stock.”

REGAL-BELOIT CORPORATION (NYSE:RBC) had its neutral rating reiterated by analysts at Zacks. They currently have a $74.00 target price on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Regal Beloit reported healthy second-quarter 2014 results, with adjusted earnings in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Both revenues and net income showed healthy year-over-year increase, on the back of strong demand and cost efficiencies. The company’s recent acquisition, Benshaw, will expand its portfolio of custom electronic drives and controls. The company is striving to further strengthen its competitive position through organic growth across the industry verticals and increased market penetration buoyed by accretive acquisitions. However, operating risks regarding high R&D costs for technology-driven products, exchange rate volatility and concentration risks could weigh on the margins moving forward. Nevertheless, we maintain our Neutral recommendation on the stock. “

Skechers USA (NYSE:SKX) had its outperform rating reaffirmed by analysts at Zacks. They currently have a $58.00 target price on the stock.

Sanofi SA (NYSE:SNY) had its neutral rating reaffirmed by analysts at Zacks. Zacks currently has a $56.00 price target on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Sanofi’s second quarter 2014 business earnings of $0.80 per American Depositary Share (ADS) was a penny above the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Second quarter net sales increased 0.9% on a reported basis and 6.4% at CER. The company raised its 2014 business earnings per share guidance following the strong performance in this quarter despite increasing competition in the U.S. The company expects business earnings to increase in the range of 6%-8% at CER. We are pleased with Sanofi’s deals and expect to see more activity on the deal/acquisition front. We are nevertheless disappointed with the string of pipeline setbacks at the company in the recent past despite some promising candidates. We maintain a Neutral recommendation on the stock. “

The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) had its neutral rating reaffirmed by analysts at SunTrust. They currently have a $43.00 price target on the stock, down from their previous price target of $44.00.

Superior Industries International (NYSE:SUP) had its neutral rating reiterated by analysts at Zacks. The firm currently has a $20.00 price target on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Superior Industries reported second-quarter 2014 earnings of $0.18 per share, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $0.23. Revenues were in line with the year-ago figure of $199 million but surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $187 million. The company will benefit from the new manufacturing plant in Mexico, which is expected to start production by the end of 2014. The absence of long-term debt allows the company to invest freely in growth opportunities and undertake share repurchases. However, the company faces significant customer concentration risk and high competition in the automotive component supply industry. As a result, we are maintaining our Neutral recommendation.”

Texas Capital Bancshares (NASDAQ:TCBI) had its underperform rating reiterated by analysts at Zacks. Zacks currently has a $46.00 target price on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Texas Capital’ second-quarter 2014 results surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate as well as exceeded the prior-year quarter earnings. Quarterly results were driven by organic growth, aided by loans and deposits growth. Moreover, lower provisions were a positive. However, the expanding cost base remains a concern. Though the company is poised to gain from its increase in market share and its efforts to hire experienced bankers to expand its presence are encouraging, the resultant expenses that continue to mount is a concern. Moreover, in the absence of credible improvement in mortgage market and a low interest rate environment, we remain skeptical about growth in earnings in the upcoming quarters. “

Integrys Energy Group (NYSE:TEG) had its neutral rating reissued by analysts at SunTrust. The firm currently has a $68.00 price target on the stock, down from their previous price target of $70.00.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (NASDAQ:TEVA) had its neutral rating reissued by analysts at Zacks. The firm currently has a $57.00 target price on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Teva reported second quarter 2014 earnings of $1.23 per ADS, up 2.5% y/y. Second quarter revenues grew 2.6% to $5.045 billion, slightly below the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $5.078 billion. Teva is going through a transition period and 2014 will be a challenging year. Headwinds include new competition for branded products (especially Copaxone) and fewer generic product launches. While the company’s new strategy looks good, execution remains the key and may take some time. We are encouraged by Teva’s efforts to delay the entry of generic Copaxone. The Copaxone appeal hearing in the Supreme Court is scheduled for Oct 15 with a ruling expected this fall or early next year. However, we prefer to remain on the sidelines given the low visibility on long-term growth prospects. “

Whiting Petroleum Corp (NYSE:WLL) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at SunTrust. SunTrust currently has a $117.00 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $114.00.

West Corp (NASDAQ:WSTC) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at Deutsche Bank. They currently have a $31.00 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $27.00.

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