Analysts Release Ratings on These Stocks August 25th

Wall St. Watchdog reveals information about companies for which stock analysts reiterated their ratings on the shares on August 25th:

  • Express (NYSE:EXPR): Wedbush reiterated its rating of Outperform and changed its price target from $28 to $26.  About the company: Express, Inc. operates specialty retail apparel stores throughout the United States that target women and men between 20 and 30 years old. The Company offers apparel and accessories to address fashion needs across multiple aspects of their lifestyles including work, casual and going-out occasions. Express operates stores throughout the United States and retails online.
  • Toll Brothers (NYSE:TOL): RBC Capital Mkts reiterated its rating of Sector Perform and changed its price target from $23 to $17.  About the company: Toll Brothers, Inc. builds luxury homes, serving both move-up and empty nester buyers in several regions of the United States. The Company builds customized single and attached homes, primarily on land that it develops and improves. Toll Brothers also operates its own architectural, engineering, mortgage, title, security, landscape, insurance brokerage, and manufacturing operations.
  • Seagate Tech (NASDAQ:STX): RBC Capital Mkts reiterated its rating of Sector Perform and changed its price target from $18 to $13.  About the company: Seagate Technology PLC designs, manufactures, and markets rigid disc drives for enterprise, personal computer, and consumer electronics applications.
  • EMC (NYSE:EMC): RBC Capital Mkts reiterated its rating of Outperform and changed its price target from $33 to $28.  About the company: EMC Corporation provides enterprise storage systems, software, networks, and services. The Company’s products store, retrieve, manage, protect, and share information from all major computing environments and mainframe platforms. EMC operates offices around the world.
  • American Eagle (NYSE:AEO): RBC Capital Mkts reiterated its rating of Outperform and changed its price target from $17 to $15.  Oppenheimer Outperform $19 >> $14.  About the company: American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. retails men’s and women’s casual apparel, footwear, outerwear, and accessories. The Company’s products include jeans, khakis, T-shirts, and other similar apparel. American Eagle operates in the United States.
  • Micron (NASDAQ:MU): Wedbush reiterated its rating of Outperform and changed its price target from $12.5 to $9.  Sterne Agee reiterated its rating of Buy and changed its price target from $17 to $14.  About the company: Micron Technology, Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets dynamic random access memory chips, very fast static random access memory chips, Flash Memory, other semiconductor components, and memory modules.
  • MetLife (NYSE:MET): Argus reiterated its rating of Buy and changed its price target from $54 to $46.  About the company: MetLife, Inc. provides individual insurance, employee benefits and financial services with operations throughout the United States and the regions of Latin America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. The Company’s products include life insurance, annuities, automobile and homeowners insurance, retail banking and other financial services to individuals as well as group insurance.
  • United Therapeutics (NASDAQ:UTHR): Oppenheimer reiterated its rating of Outperform and changed its price target from $77 to $53.  About the company: United Therapeutics Corporation develops pharmaceuticals to treat vascular diseases such as pulmonary hypertension and peripheral vascular disease. The Company’s lead products are stable synthetic forms of prostacyclin and are delivered orally or subcutaneously. United’s products are currently in Phase III clinical trials.
  • Aviat Networks (NASDAQ:AVNW): Needham reiterated its rating of Buy and changed its price target from $5.5 to $4.5.  About the company: Aviat Networks Inc. provides IP solutions to wireless public and private telecommunication operators. The Company focuses on IP network migration, building the foundation for 4G/LTE broadband, and enabling wireless transformation.
  • Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT): Needham reiterated its rating of Buy and changed its price target from $16 to $13.  About the company: Applied Materials, Inc. develops, manufactures, markets, and services semiconductor wafer fabrication equipment and related spare parts for the worldwide semiconductor industry. The Company’s customers include semiconductor wafer and integrated circuit manufacturers, flat panel liquid crystal displays, solar photovoltaic cells and modules and other electronic devices manufacturers.
  • Oracle (NASDAQ:ORCL): Macquarie reiterated its rating of Outperform and changed its price target from $38 to $36.  About the company: Oracle Corporation supplies software for enterprise information management. The Company offers databases and relational servers, application development and decision support tools, and enterprise business applications. Oracle’s software runs on network computers, personal digital assistants, set-top devices, PCs, workstations, minicomputers, mainframes, and massively parallel computers.
  • Guess? (NYSE:GES): Brean Murray reiterated its rating of Buy and changed its price target from $60 to $44.  About the company: Guess?, Inc. designs, markets, distributes, and licenses a collection of casual apparel, accessories, and related consumer products. The Company’s apparel for men, women, and girls are marketed under branded names. Guess? provides full collections of denim and cotton clothing and has granted licenses to manufacture complementary products.
  • Universal Health (NYSE:UHS): Ticonderoga reiterated its rating of Buy and changed its price target from $63 to $46.  About the company: Universal Health Services, Inc. is a healthcare management company. The Company operates acute care hospitals, behavioral health centers, and surgery centers. Universal provides services such as general surgery, internal medicine, radiology, and pediatric services throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.
  • Community Health (NYSE:CYH): Ticonderoga reiterated its rating of Buy and changed its price target from $30 to $23.  About the company: Community Health Systems Inc. owns, leases, and operates hospitals in multiple states. The Hospitals services include emergency room services, general surgery, critical care, internal medicine, obstetrics and diagnostic services. Community Health also owns interests in physicians, physician practices, imaging centers, home health agencies and ambulatory surgery centers.
  • Health Management (NYSE:HMA): Ticonderoga reiterated its rating of Buy and changed its price target from $12 to $10.  About the company: Health Management Associates Inc. operates general acute care hospitals in rural communities located primarily in the southeastern and southwestern United States. The Company’s facilities offer a wide range of medical and surgical services.
  • Vanguard Health Systems (VHS): Ticonderoga reiterated its rating of Buy and changed its price target from $21 to $17.  About the company: Vanguard Health Systems, Inc. (Vanguard) owns and operates acute care hospitals, complementary outpatient facilities and related health plans principally located in urban and suburban markets. As of June 30, 2010, the Company owned 15 acute care hospitals with a total of 4,135 beds in the four locations: San Antonio, Texas; Metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona; Metropolitan Chicago, Illinois, and Massachusetts. Its acute care hospitals offer a variety of medical and surgical services, including emergency services, general surgery, internal medicine, cardiology, obstetrics, orthopedics and neurology. In addition, certain of its facilities provide on-campus and off-campus services, including outpatient surgery, physical therapy, radiation therapy, diagnostic imaging and laboratory services. On August 1, 2010, Vanguard completed the purchase of Westlake Hospital and West Suburban Medical Center in the western suburbs of Chicago, Illinois from Resurrection Health Care.
  • Tenet Healthcare (NYSE:THC): Ticonderoga reiterated its rating of Buy and changed its price target from $8 to $6.  About the company: Tenet Healthcare Corporation, through its subsidiaries, owns or operates general hospitals and related health care facilities serving communities in the United States. The Company operates rehabilitation hospitals, specialty hospitals, long-term care facilities, psychiatric facilities, and medical office buildings near its general hospitals, as well as ancillary health care businesses.
  • HCA (NYSE:HCA): Ticonderoga reiterated its rating of Buy and changed its price target from $36 to $25.  About the company: HCA Holdings, Inc. operates hospitals. The Company operates acute care hospitals, outpatient facilities, clinics and other patient care delivery settings. HCA operates hospitals in the United States and the United Kingdom.

(Note: Data on stock ratings are sourced from Briefing.com via the Wall St. Journal.  All data are assumed to be accurate.)

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