Analysts: Athenahealth Doc-Add Growth Is Sustainable and 3 More Research Notes to Check Out

Athenahealth (NASDAQ:ATHN): Leerink has raised its price target for athenahealth to $135 from $110, citing increased conviction that the company’s doc-add growth rate is sustainable for the next few years. The firm notes that a specialist it spoke to said athenahealth’s Collector product is far more robust than most other solutions on the market, and the firm keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.

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Merck (NYSE:MRK): BMO Capital has downgraded Merck to Market Perform from Outperform, citing the firm’s concerns for the Januvia franchise due to competition from Johnson & Johnson’s Invokana, recent pipeline setbacks, and the likelihood it will make a strategic acquisition. BMO believes that potential targets include Allergan (NYSE:AGN), Onyx (NASDAQ:ONXX), or companies that would compliment Lambro. The price target is set for $51, down from $52.

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Foot Locker (NYSE:FL): Citigroup sees potential upside to the second-quarter consensus estimates for Foot Locker and feels that the stock’s valuation is attractive at current levels. The firm reiterates a Buy rating on Foot Locker, with a $41 price target.

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Family Dollar (NYSE:FDO): The probability of a Family Dollar leveraged buyout or strategic merger is about 50 percent according to Citigroup, which upped its price target for shares to $77 from $69. The firm says speculation of a buyout has “heated up” following the company’s better-than-expected third-quarter results, and sees Dollar General (NYSE:DG) as the most likely strategic buyer for Family Dollar. It keeps a Neutral rating on the stock.

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