Equity Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades on These Shares Dec 8th

Wall St. Watchdog reveals information about companies for which stock analysts either upgraded or downgraded the shares on December 8th.

Upgrades

  • Western Refining (NYSE:WNR): RBC Capital Mkts upgraded its rating on this company from Outperform to Top Pick and changed its price target from $22 to $20. About the company: Western Refining, Inc., through a subsidiary, refines crude oil and markets petroleum products. The subsidiary primarily produces gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel. The products are marketed in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas in the United States, and Juarez, Mexico. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Healthways (NASDAQ:HWAY): Stifel Nicolaus upgraded its rating on this company from Hold to Buy and changed its price target to $13. About the company: Healthways, Inc. provides specialized, comprehensive diabetes and cardiac disease management services to physicians, health plans, and hospitals. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

Downgrades

  • MEMC Elec (NYSE:WFR): Wunderlich downgraded its rating on this company from Buy to Sell and changed its price target from $11 to $3. About the company: MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc. produces silicon wafers. The Company’s products are used in computers, telecommunications equipment, automobiles, consumer electronics products, industrial automation and control systems, and analytical and defense systems. MEMC operates manufacturing facilities in Italy, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan, and the United States. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Senior Housing (NYSE:SNH): JMP Securities downgraded its rating on this company from Mkt Outperform to Mkt Perform. About the company: Senior Housing Properties Trust is a real estate investment trust that owns senior living properties which are leased to unaffiliated tenants. The Trust currently owns independent living and assisted living communities, continuing care retirement communities, nursing homes, wellness centers, and medical office, clinic and biotech laboratory buildings located throughout the U.S. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Valero Energy (NYSE:VLO): RBC Capital Mkts downgraded its rating on this company from Top Pick to Outperform and changed its price target from $33 to $32. About the company: Valero Energy Corporation is an independent petroleum refining and marketing company that owns and operates refineries in the United States, Canada, and Aruba. The Company produces conventional gasolines, distillates, jet fuel, asphalt, petrochemicals, lubricants, and other refined products as well as diesel fuel, low-sulfur and ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel, and oxygenates. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Carmike Cinemas (NASDAQ:CKEC): Caris & Company downgraded its rating on this company from Average to Below Average and changed its price target to $6. About the company: Carmike Cinemas, Inc. owns and operates movie theaters in multiple states. The Company’s focus is on small to mid-sized communities with populations of fewer than 100,000 people. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Martin Marietta (NYSE:MLM): Longbow downgraded its rating on this company from Buy to Neutral. About the company: Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. produces aggregates for the construction industry, including highways, infrastructure, commercial, and residential. The Company also manufactures and markets magnesia-based products, including heat-resistant refractory products for the steel industry, chemical products for industrial and environmental uses, and dolomitic lime. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Jazz Pharma (NASDAQ:JAZZ): WBB Securities downgraded its rating on this company from Buy to Hold and changed its price target from $15 to $40. About the company: Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc. develops and markets treatments for neurological and psychiatric conditions. The Company produces treatments for cataplexy, excessive daytime sleepiness, and ethylene glycol and methanol poisoning in humans. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • THQ Inc (NASDAQ:THQI): Brean Murray downgraded its rating on this company from Buy to Hold. About the company: THQ Inc. develops, publishes, and distributes interactive entertainment software worldwide. The Company’s products are used in a variety of hardware platforms in the home video game market, including personal computers, Nintendo, and PlayStation. THQ’s products are primarily based on licenses from popular sports, movies, and arcade games. 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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