Analyst Upgraded or Downgraded These Stocks October 25th

Wall St. Watchdog reveals information about companies for which stock analysts either upgraded or downgraded the shares on October 25th.

Upgrades

  • Royal Gold (NASDAQ:RGLD): HSBC Securities upgraded its rating on this company from Neutral to Overweight and changed its price target to $89. About the company: Royal Gold, Inc. acquires and manages precious metals royalties. The Company seeks to acquire existing royalties or to finance projects that are in production or near production in exchange for royalty interests. Royal Gold Inc.’s gold-focused portfolio contains royalties ranging from those in production and development to those in the evaluation and exploration stages.

Downgrades

  • Interactive Intelligence (NASDAQ:ININ): Dougherty & Company downgraded its rating on this company from Buy to Neutral and changed its price target from $45 to $35. Northland Securities downgraded its rating on this company from Outperform to Market Perform and changed its price target to $30. About the company: Interactive Intelligence, Inc. is a global provider of unified IP business communications solutions for enterprises and contact centers.
  • Brigham Exploration (NASDAQ:BEXP): MKM Partners downgraded its rating on this company from Buy to Neutral. About the company: Brigham Exploration Company, an independent exploration and production company, applies 3-D seismic imaging and other technologies to explore and develop onshore domestic natural gas and oil resources. The Company’s exploration activities are concentrated primarily in the Anadarko Basin, the Gulf Coast, the Williston Basin, and the west Texas region of the United States.
  • Potlatch (NYSE:PCH): DA Davidson downgraded its rating on this company from Buy to Neutral and changed its price target from $38 to $35. About the company: Potlatch Corporation is a company that owns timberlands in Arkansas, Idaho, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Company grows and harvests timber, as well as manufactures and sells wood products, printing papers, and other pulp-based products. Potlatch Corporation files as a REIT for Federal Income Tax purposes.
  • Quest Diagnostics (NYSE:DGX): Standpoint Research downgraded its rating on this company from Buy to Hold. About the company: Quest Diagnostics Incorporated provides diagnostic testing, information, and services. The Company operates a national network of full-service laboratories, rapid response laboratories, and patient service centers. Quest Diagnostics provides esoteric testing, routine medical testing, drugs of abuse testing, and non-hospital-based anatomicpathology testing.
  • Aaron’s (NYSE:AAN): BB&T Capital Mkts downgraded its rating on this company from Buy to Hold. About the company: Aaron’s, Inc. rents and sells office and residential furniture and accessories, consumer electronics, and household appliances. The Company also manufactures furniture, bedding, and accessories. Aaron’s has Company-owned and franchised centers in the United States.
  • Armstrong World Industries (NYSE:AWI): BB&T Capital Mkts downgraded its rating on this company from Buy to Hold. About the company: Armstrong World Industries, Inc. designs and manufactures floors, ceilings, and cabinets in the United States and other countries around the world.
  • Regal-Beloit (NYSE:RBC): BB&T Capital Mkts downgraded its rating on this company from Buy to Hold. About the company: Regal-Beloit Corporation manufactures a line of mechanical products that control motion and torque and electrical products such as motors and generators. The Company’s products include gearboxes, automotive transmissions, rotary cutting tools, electric motors, and electric generators. Regal-Beloit sells its products to distributors, original equipment manufacturers, and end users.
  • ResMed (NYSE:RMD): Feltl & Co. downgraded its rating on this company from Strong Buy to Buy and changed its price target from $40.4 to $39.1. About the company: ResMed Inc. develops, manufactures, and markets medical equipment for the treatment of sleep disordered breathing. The Company sells diagnostic and treatment devices in various countries through its subsidiaries and independent distributors.
  • Forest Labs (NYSE:FRX): Argus downgraded its rating on this company from Buy to Hold. About the company: Forest Laboratories, Inc. develops, manufactures, and sells both branded and generic forms of ethical products which require a physician’s prescription. The Company also manufactures non-prescription pharmaceutical products sold over-the-counter, which are used for the treatment of a wide range of illnesses. Forest’s products are marketed in the United States and eastern Europe.
  • Ventas (NYSE:VTR): Stifel Nicolaus downgraded its rating on this company from Buy to Hold. About the company: Ventas, Inc. is a real estate investment trust. The trust owns seniors housing communities, skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, and medical office buildings in the United States and Canada.
  • Omega Health (NYSE:OHI): Stifel Nicolaus downgraded its rating on this company from Buy to Hold. About the company: OMEGA Healthcare Investors, Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company invests in and provides financing to the long-term care industry. OMEGA operates healthcare facilities in the United States which are operated by independent healthcare operating companies.
  • Hub Group (NASDAQ:HUBG): Stifel Nicolaus downgraded its rating on this company from Buy to Hold. Robert W. Baird downgraded its rating on this company from Outperform to Neutral and changed its price target to $36. About the company: Hub Group, Inc. is a full-service transportation provider, offering intermodal, truck brokerage, and logistics services. The Company arranges for the movement of its customers’ freight in containers and trailers over long distances. Hub Group operates through a nationwide network of hubs, located near significant concentrations of shipping customers and railheads.
  • Heartland Finl (NASDAQ:HTLF): Stifel Nicolaus downgraded its rating on this company from Buy to Hold. About the company: Heartland Financial USA, Inc. is a holding company for banks that operate in Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Arizona, New Mexico and Montana. The Banks solicit deposits and make commercial, agricultural, real estate mortgage, consumer and home equity loans. The Company also has consumer finance, fleet leasing and investment banking subsidiaries.
  • Fabrinet (NYSE:FN): Stifel Nicolaus downgraded its rating on this company from Buy to Hold. About the company: Fabrinet offers outsourced process engineering and manufacturing services. The Company contracts to manufacture optical communications, automotive, industrial, and imaging components, sub-assemblies, and modules for its original equipment manufacturer customers.
  • Landstar System (NASDAQ:LSTR): Robert W. Baird downgraded its rating on this company from Outperform to Neutral and changed its price target from $48 to $51. About the company: Landstar System, Inc. is a North American truckload carrier. The Company transports a variety of freight, including iron and steel, automotive products, paper, lumber, chemicals, foodstuffs, and military hardware. Landstar provides truckload carrier services, intermodal transportation services, and expedited air and truck services to shippers in the US, Canada, and Mexico.

(Note: Selected financial data are sourced from Briefing.com via the Wall St. Journal. All data are assumed to be accurate.)

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