LinkedIn (NYSE:LNKD): Needham has upgraded Linkedin to Buy from Hold based on growth opportunities that include the rollout of sponsored updates, mobile positioning, and international monetization. The price target is $280.
Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDSA): Oppenheimer has downgraded Royal Dutch Shell to Perform from Outperform, citing the company’s expectations for continued losses in North America, production disruptions in Nigeria, and higher spending.
F5 Networks (NASDAQ:FFIV): Barclays has upgraded F5 Networks to Overweight from Equal Weight to better reflect positive data points in networking, increased confidence in the new BIG-IP modules introduction, and the significant security opportunity. The price target has been raised to $107 from $89.
Broadcom (NASDAQ:BRCM): Shares of Broadcom have overcome an early trading deficit and are now trading higher, despite a Goldman Sachs downgrade to Neutral from Buy due to setbacks in the Samsung business and a lack of visibility into customer diversification. The firm also lowered its price target to $30 from $36.