Analysts Upgrade F5 Networks and Downgrade Hewlett-Packard Shares August 25th

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

Upgrades

  • RailAmerica (NYSE:RA): Stifel Nicolaus upgraded its rating from Hold to Buy and changed its price target to $15.  About the company: RailAmerica Inc. owns and operates short-line and regional freight railroads in North America.
  • Quality Distribution (NASDAQ:QLTY): Stifel Nicolaus upgraded its rating from Hold to Buy and changed its price target to $14.  About the company: Quality Distribution Inc. operates a dedicated bulk tank network across North America. The Company transports a broad range of chemical products and also provides transportation management, transloading, tank cleaning, dry-bulk handling, and other logistical services.
  • F5 Networks (NASDAQ:FFIV): Stifel Nicolaus upgraded its rating from Hold to Buy and changed its price target to $84.  About the company: F5 Networks, Inc. provides integrated Internet traffic management solutions designed to improve the availability and performance of mission-critical Internet-based servers and applications. The Company’s software-based solutions manage, control and optimize Internet traffic and content. F5′s solutions automatically deliver Internet content for service providers and e-businesses.
  • Synchronoss Tech (NASDAQ:SNCR): Robert W. Baird upgraded its rating from Neutral to Outperform and changed its price target to $36.  About the company: Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. provides e-commerce transaction management solutions to the communications services marketplace.

Downgrades

  • Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ): RBC Capital Mkts downgraded its rating on this company from Outperform to Sector Perform and changed its price target from $35 to $30.  About the company: Hewlett-Packard Company provides imaging and printing systems, computing systems, and information technology services for business and home. The Company’s products include laser and inkjet printers, scanners, copiers and faxes, personal computers, workstations, storage solutions, and other computing and printing systems. Hewlett-Packard sells its products worldwide.
  • EnCana (NYSE:ECA): The Benchmark Company downgraded its rating from Buy to Hold.  No price target was given.  About the company: Encana Corporation explores for, develops, produces, and markets natural gas, crude oil, and natural gas liquids. The Company operates in North and South America.
  • United Therapeutics (NASDAQ:UTHR): Auriga downgraded its rating on this company from Hold to Sell and changed its price target from $90 to $45.  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.
  • Hanwha SolarOne (HSOL): Collins Stewart downgraded its rating on these shares from Buy to Neutral and changed its price target from $5.5 to $4.  About the company: Hanwha SolarOne Co., Ltd., formerly Solarfun Power Holdings Co., Ltd., is a manufacturer of silicon ingots, photovoltaic (PV) cells and PV modules. It also provides PV cell processing services and PV module processing services. It sells PV cells and PV modules both directly to system integrators and through third party distributors.
  • China Sunergy (NASDAQ:CSUN): Collins Stewart downgraded its rating on this company from Buy to Neutral and changed its price target from $2.5 to $1.6.  About the company: China Sunergy Company Limited manufactures and distributes solar cells for solar modules. The Company produces its solar cells from silicon wafers utilizing crystalline silicon solar cell technology to convert sunlight directly into electricity through a process known as the photovoltaic effect.

(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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