Blackstone Mortgage (NYSE:BXMT): After meeting with Blackstone Mortgage’s CEO, Citi believes the company is gaining traction in the commercial real estate lending sector more quickly than previously expected. The firm thinks the company is on track to pay a 4 percent annualized dividend following the third quarter and 8 percent shortly after the fourth quarter, and it views the stock’s valuation as attractive. The firm keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
Community Health (NYSE:CYH): After Community Health signed a non-binding letter of intent to acquire hospital operator Sharon Regional Health System, UBS thinks the deal could add 12-13 cents over time to Community Health’s earnings per share. The firm expects Community Health to continue making acquisitions over the short term, and it maintains a Buy rating on the stock.
Idera (NASDAQ:IDRA): Piper Jaffray views Idera’s agreement with the National Cancer Institute to study TLR antagonists in lymphoma as a positive surprise and sees the potential for shares to trade higher. The firm reiterates its Overweight rating and $2.60 target on Idera.
AudioCodes (NASDAQ:AUDC): Oppenheimer is upbeat on AudioCodes’s long-term outlook and raised its price target on the shares to $7 from $5. However, the firm thinks the stock has gotten a bit ahead of itself, and recommends buying shares on pullbacks while reiterating an Outperform rating.