Bank Analysts Start These New Stock Ratings and Price Targets Today

Wall St. Watchdog reveals information about companies for which stock analysts initiated coverage on December 13th.

  • Hill International (NYSE:HIL): Boenning & Scattergood initiated coverage of this company with a rating of Outperform and a price target of $10. About the company: Hill International Inc. is a construction consulting firm. The Company provides program management, project management, construction management and construction claims services. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Ethan Allen (NYSE:ETH): Argus initiated coverage of this company with a rating of Hold. About the company: Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. is a manufacturer and retailer of home furnishings and sells a full range of furniture products and decorative accessories through a dedicated network stores. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Kratos Defense and Security (NASDAQ:KTOS): Oppenheimer initiated coverage of this company with a rating of Perform. About the company: Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. operates as a defense contractor and security systems integrator for the federal government and for state and local agencies. The Company offers services in weapon systems lifecycle support, military weapon range, security and surveillance systems, IT engineering, etc. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Comstock (NYSE:CRK): Robert W. Baird initiated coverage of this company with a rating of Neutral and a price target of $22. About the company: Comstock Resources, Inc., an independent exploration and production company, acquires, develops, produces, and explores oil and natural gas properties. The Company’s oil and natural gas reserves are located in the Gulf of Mexico, Texas, and Louisiana. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Rosetta Resources (NASDAQ:ROSE): Robert W. Baird initiated coverage of this company with a rating of Neutral and a price target of $51. About the company: Rosetta Resources, Inc. is an oil and gas exploration and production company. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Goodrich Petroleum (NYSE:GDP): Robert W. Baird initiated coverage of this company with a rating of Neutral and a price target of $18. About the company: Goodrich Petroleum Corporation and its subsidiaries explore, develop, produce, and acquire oil and natural gas properties. The Company’s properties are located in the onshore portions of the United States, primarily in Louisiana and Texas. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Oasis Petroleum (NYSE:OAS): Robert W. Baird initiated coverage of this company with a rating of Outperform and a price target of $36. About the company: Oasis Petroleum Inc., is an independant exploration and production company focused on the acquisition and development of unconventional oil and natural gas resources. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • SM Energy (NYSE:SM): Robert W. Baird initiated coverage of this company with a rating of Neutral and a price target of $87. About the company: SM Energy Company is an independent energy company that explores for and produces natural gas and crude oil. The Company’s operations are focused on The ArkLaTex, Gulf Coast, Mid-Continent, Rocky Mountains, and Permian Basin regions. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Apache (NYSE:APA): Robert W. Baird initiated coverage of this company with a rating of Outperform and a price target of $129. About the company: Apache Corporation is an independent energy company. The Company explores for, develops, and produces natural gas, crude oil, and natural gas liquids. The Company has operations in North America, onshore Egypt, offshore Western Australia, offshore the United Kingdom in the North Sea (North Sea), and onshore Argentina, as well as on the Chilean side of the island of Tierra del Fuego. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Noble Energy (NYSE:NBL): Robert W. Baird initiated coverage of this company with a rating of Neutral and a price target of $103. About the company: Noble Energy, Inc. is an independent energy exploration and production company. The Company explores for and produces crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. Noble Energy operates primarily in the Rocky Mountains, Mid-continent, and deepwater Gulf of Mexico areas in the US, with key international operations offshore Israel, the North Sea and West Africa. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Cabot Oil & Gas (NYSE:COG): Robert W. Baird initiated coverage of this company with a rating of Neutral and a price target of $84. About the company: Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation is an independent oil and gas company that develops, exploits, and explores oil and gas properties located in North America. The Company holds interests Appalachian Basin, onshore Gulf Coast, including south and east Texas and north Louisiana, the Rocky Mountains and the Anadarko Basin as well as in the deep gas basin of Western Canada. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Carrizo Oil & Gas (NASDAQ:CRZO): Robert W. Baird initiated coverage of this company with a rating of Outperform and a price target of $38. About the company: Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc. explores for and produces natural gas and crude oil. The Company develops and exploits onshore properties along the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast regions. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Anadarko Petro (NYSE:APC): Robert W. Baird initiated coverage of this company with a rating of Neutral and a price target of $85. About the company: Anadarko Petroleum Corporation is an independent oil and gas exploration and production company with international operations. In the United States, the Company operates in Texas and surrounding states, the Rocky Mountain region, Alaska, and the Gulf of Mexico. Internationally, Anadarko has exploration and/or production operations in Africa, Asia, South America, and the Caribbean. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK): Robert W. Baird initiated coverage of this company with a rating of Outperform and a price target of $36. About the company: Chesapeake Energy Corporation produces oil and natural gas. The Company’s operations are focused on discovering, developing and acquiring conventional and unconventional natural gas reserves onshore in the United States. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD): Robert W. Baird initiated coverage of this company with a rating of Outperform and a price target of $116. About the company: Pioneer Natural Resources Company is an independent oil and gas exploration and production company, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, with operations primarily in the United States. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Swift Energy (NYSE:SFY): Robert W. Baird initiated coverage of this company with a rating of Outperform and a price target of $30.05. About the company: Swift Energy Company is an independent oil and gas company that explores, develops, acquires, and operates oil and gas properties. The Company focuses on United States onshore and inland water areas of the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast and in New Zealand on onshore areas of the Taranaki Basin. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Exco Resources (NYSE:XCO): Robert W. Baird initiated coverage of this company with a rating of Outperform and a price target of $16. About the company: EXCO Resources, Inc. explores for oil and natural gas. The Company operates in onshore locations in the United States. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Forest Oil (NYSE:FST): Robert W. Baird initiated coverage of this company with a rating of Outperform and a price target of $23. About the company: Forest Oil Corporation is involved in the acquisition, exploration, development, production, and marketing of natural gas and crude oil in North American and international locations. The Company’s principal reserves and producing properties are located in the United States, including Alaska, the Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wyoming, and in Canada. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Dollar Tree (NASDAQ:DLTR): FBR Capital initiated coverage of this company with a rating of Mkt Perform. About the company: Dollar Tree, Inc. operates a discount variety store chain. The Company sells an assortment of everyday general merchandise. Dollar Tree sells its merchandise at the $1.00 price point. The Company operates throughout the United States. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • TJX (NYSE:TJX): FBR Capital initiated coverage of this company with a rating of Outperform. About the company: The TJX Companies, Inc. is an off-price apparel and home fashion retailer in the United States and worldwide. The Company operates off-price retail concepts in the U.S., Canada and Europe that offer a wide range of brand name and designer merchandise. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Ross Stores (NASDAQ:ROST): FBR Capital initiated coverage of this company with a rating of Outperform. About the company: Ross Stores, Inc. operates a national chain of off-price retail apparel stores. The stores offer brand-name apparel, apparel-related merchandise for the entire family, fragrances, gift items, and linens for the home. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Dollar General (NYSE:DG): FBR Capital initiated coverage of this company with a rating of Outperform. About the company: Dollar General Corp. operates a chain of discount retail stores located primarily in the southern, southwestern, midwestern and eastern United States. The Company offer a broad selection of merchandise, including consumable products such as food, paper and cleaning products, health and beauty products and pet supplies, and non-consumable products such as seasonal merchandise. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Spirit Aerosystems (NYSE:SPR): KeyBanc Capital Mkts initiated coverage of this company with a rating of Buy and a price target of $25. About the company: Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc. designs and manufactures aerostructures including fuselages, propulsion systems and wing systems for commercial and military aircrafts. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

(Note: Selected financial data are sourced from Briefing.com via the Wall St. Journal. All data are assumed to be accurate.)

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