Equity Analysts Reveal These Upgrades and Downgrades Monday

Wall St. Watchdog reveals information about companies for which stock analysts either upgraded or downgraded the shares on May 14th.

Upgrades

Ares Capital (NASDAQ:ARCC):

Barclays upgraded its rating on this company from Underweight to Equal Weight and changed its price target to $16.

Arch Coal (NYSE:ACI):

UBS upgraded its rating on this company from Neutral to Buy and changed its price target from $12 to $11.

Youku.com (NYSE:YOKU):

Maxim Group upgraded its rating on this company from Hold to Buy and changed its price target to $28.

PDC Energy (NASDAQ:PETD):

Canaccord Genuity upgraded its rating on this company from Hold to Buy and changed its price target to $41.

Virginia Commerce Bancorp (NASDAQ:VCBI):

Stifel Nicolaus upgraded its rating on this company from Hold to Buy and changed its price target to $9.

Rentech Nitrogen Partners (NYSE:RNF):

Feltl & Co. upgraded its rating on this company from Buy to Strong Buy and changed its price target from $36.6 to $31.09.

Xcel Energy (NYSE:XEL):

Robert W. Baird upgraded its rating on this company from Neutral to Outperform and changed its price target from $30 to $31.

Wisconsin Energy (NYSE:WEC):

Robert W. Baird upgraded its rating on this company from Neutral to Outperform and changed its price target from $35 to $40.

NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE):

Robert W. Baird upgraded its rating on this company from Neutral to Outperform and changed its price target from $67 to $70.

Alliant Energy (NYSE:LNT):

Robert W. Baird upgraded its rating on this company from Neutral to Outperform and changed its price target from $44 to $49.

Artesian Resrces (NASDAQ:ARTNA):

Robert W. Baird upgraded its rating on this company from Neutral to Outperform and changed its price target from $20 to $22.

Yandex N.V. (NASDAQ:YNDX):

HSBC Securities upgraded its rating on this company from Underweight to Neutral and changed its price target from $21.5 to $23.6.

Downgrades

Dole Food (NYSE:DOLE):

Auriga downgraded its rating on this company from Buy to Hold.

Cepheid (NASDAQ:CPHD):

GARP Research downgraded its rating on this company from Buy to Neutral.

Calavo Growers (NASDAQ:CVGW):

BB&T Capital Mkts downgraded its rating on this company from Buy to Hold.

Discovery (NASDAQ:DISCA):

Barrington Research downgraded its rating on this company from Outperform to Mkt Perform.

Hudson City Banc (NASDAQ:HCBK):

Compass Point downgraded its rating on this company from Buy to Neutral.

Geokinetics (AMEX:GOK):

Global Hunter Securities downgraded its rating on this company from Accumulate to Neutral.

U.S. Energy (NASDAQ:USEG):

Global Hunter Securities downgraded its rating on this company from Buy to Accumulate and changed its price target from $5 to $4.5.

Macerich (NYSE:MAC):

Stifel Nicolaus downgraded its rating on this company from Buy to Hold.

Echo Therapeutics (ECTE):

Feltl & Co. downgraded its rating on this company from Strong Buy to Buy and changed its price target from $6.5 to $2.35.

Tower Group (NASDAQ:TWGP):

FBR Capital downgraded its rating on this company from Outperform to Mkt Perform and changed its price target from $28 to $24.

WGL Holdings (NYSE:WGL):

Hilliard Lyons downgraded its rating on this company from Buy to Long-term Buy and changed its price target from $46 to $44.

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