Share Upgrades and Downgrades Nov. 4th

Wall St. Watchdog reveals information about companies for which stock analysts either upgraded or downgraded the shares on November 4th.

Upgrades

  • BlackRock Kelso (NASDAQ:BKCC): Ladenburg Thalmann upgraded its rating on this company from Neutral to Buy and changed its price target from $8 to $9.5. About the company: BlackRock Kelso Capital Corporation is an externally-managed, non-diversified closed-end management investment company that provides middle-market companies with a wide range of financing solutions. The Company’s solutions include senior and junior secured, unsecured and subordinated debt securities and loans, and equity securities. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Transocean (NYSE:RIG): Global Hunter Securities upgraded its rating on this company from Sell to Reduce and changed its price target from $45 to $46. About the company: Transocean Ltd. is an offshore drilling contractor. The Company owns or operates mobile offshore drilling units, inland drilling barges, and other assets utilized in the support of offshore drilling activities worldwide. Transocean specializes in technically demanding segments of the offshore drilling business, including deepwater and harsh environment drilling services. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • PDC Energy (NASDAQ:PETD): Global Hunter Securities upgraded its rating on this company from Accumulate to Buy and changed its price target to $40. About the company: Petroleum Development Corporation is an oil and gas company with drilling and production operations in the Rocky Mountains, the Appalachian Basin, and Michigan. The Company’s drilling operations are focused on shallow Rocky Mountain gas prospects. Petroleum Development also sponsors publicly registered drilling programs and owns an Appalachian Basin natural gas marketing company. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • IRIS Intl (NASDAQ:IRIS): Feltl & Co. upgraded its rating on this company from Hold to Buy and changed its price target from $11 to $13.2. The Benchmark Company upgraded its rating on this company from Sell to Hold and changed its price target to $8.5. About the company: IRIS International Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and markets in vitro diagnostic imaging software systems that automate microscopic procedures. The Company operates through its Iris Diagnostics division, and two subsidiaries: Statspin Inc. and Advanced Digital Imagin Research LLC. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE:SWK): Argus upgraded its rating on this company from Hold to Buy and changed its price target to $76. About the company: Stanley Black & Decker Inc. is a diversified worldwide supplier of tools and solutions for professional, industrial and construction and do-it-yourself use. The Company’s products include mechanical and electronic security products and systems, professional industrial and automotive mechanics tools, hand tools, consumer mechanics tools, storage systems, pneumatic tools and fasteners. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • YRC Worldwide (NASDAQ:YRCW): Stifel Nicolaus upgraded its rating on this company from Sell to Hold. About the company: YRC Worldwide, Inc. offers freight transportation services. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Plains All Amer (NYSE:PAA): Wunderlich upgraded its rating on this company from Hold to Buy and changed its price target from $67 to $71. About the company: Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. is involved in interstate and intrastate crude oil pipeline transportation and crude oil terminalling storage activities. The Partnership is also involved in gathering and marketing activities. Plains owns and operates a seasonally heated, common carrier crude oil pipe-line extending from CA to TX and an oil gathering system in CA. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Cogent Communications (NASDAQ:CCOI): FBR Capital upgraded its rating on this company from Underperform to Mkt Perform and changed its price target from $10 to $13. About the company: Cogent Communications Group, Inc. is a next generation optical Internet service provider focused on delivering ultra-high speed Internet access and transport services. The Company serves businesses in the multi-tenant marketplace and service providers located in major metropolitan areas across the United States. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

Downgrades

  • TreeHouse Foods (NYSE:THS): BB&T Capital Mkts downgraded its rating on this company from Buy to Hold. About the company: TreeHouse Foods, Inc. is a food manufacturer servicing primarily the retail grocery and foodservice distribution channels. The Company’s products include non-dairy powdered coffee creamer; canned soups, salad dressings and sauces; salsa and Mexican sauces; jams and pie fillings, pickles, and related products. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Magellan Midstream (NYSE:MMP): Ladenburg Thalmann downgraded its rating on this company from Buy to Neutral. About the company: Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. is primarily involved in the storage, transportation, and distribution of refined petroleum products and ammonia. The Company’s asset portfolio includes a pipe line system serving the mid-continent region of the United States, petroleum products marine terminal facilities, petroleum products terminals, and an ammonia pipeline system. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Openwave (NASDAQ:OPWV): Dougherty & Company downgraded its rating on this company from Buy to Neutral and changed its price target from $2.5 to $2. About the company: Openwave Systems Inc. provides open Internet-based communication infrastructure software and applications. The Company’s customers are wireless network operators, wireline carriers, Internet service providers, and broadband network providers. Openwave offers wireless Internet infrastructure and browsers, unified messaging, mobile email, directory service, and voice processing. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • RealNetworks (NASDAQ:RNWK): Brigantine downgraded its rating on this company from Buy to Hold and changed its price target to $8.5. About the company: RealNetworks, Inc. develops and markets software products and services. The Company’s software and services enable the creation and real-time delivery and playback of audio, video, text, animation, and other media content over the Internet and intranets on both a live and on-demand basis. Products and services include RealSystem G2, Real Broadcast Network, and RealJukebox. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Ultralife (NASDAQ:ULBI): Ardour Capital downgraded its rating on this company from Accumulate to Hold and changed its price target from $5.75 to $4.5. About the company: Ultralife Corporation is a battery, energy and communication product company that serves government, defense and commercial customers. The Company’s energy services provides back-up/stationary power services and solutions to the communications, power utility and data processing industries. The battery and energy product segment provides non-rechargeable and rechargeable batteries. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Sapient (NASDAQ:SAPE): BB&T Capital Mkts downgraded its rating on this company from Buy to Hold. About the company: Sapient Corporation provides integrated management consulting services, Internet commerce solutions, and systems implementation services. The Company’s services include design and development of Internet commerce solutions, implementation and integration of packaged software solutions, design and development of custom software solutions, and production support. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Exterran Holdings (NYSE:EXH): Howard Weil downgraded its rating on this company from Market Outperform to Market Perform and changed its price target from $21 to $15. About the company: Exterran Holdings Inc. is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, provides natural gas compression services as well as provides service, fabrication and equipment for oil and natural gas production, processing and transportation applications. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Watts Ind (NYSE:WTS): Longbow downgraded its rating on this company from Buy to Neutral. About the company: Watts Water Technologies, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells a line of products to the water regulation and control markets. The Company has manufacturing plants and distribution channels in the United States, Canada, and Europe, as well as a joint venture in The People’s Republic of China. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Whiting Petroleum (NYSE:WLL): Global Hunter Securities downgraded its rating on this company from Buy to Neutral and changed its price target from $70 to $60. About the company: Whiting Petroleum Corporation is involved in oil and natural gas exploitation, acquisition, and exploration activities. The Company focuses on lower risk, long-lived oil and natural gas properties located primarily in the Gulf Coast/Permian Basin, Rocky Mountains, Michigan, and Mid-Continent regions of the United States. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Frontier Communications (NYSE:FTR): Hilliard Lyons downgraded its rating on this company from Buy to Neutral. About the company: Frontier Communications Corporation provides communications services to rural areas and small and medium-sized towns and cities. The Company offers a variety of voice, data, and Internet, and television services. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Accelrys (NASDAQ:ACCL): Northland Securities downgraded its rating on this company from Outperform to Market Perform. About the company: Accelrys Inc provides molecular modeling and simulation, bioinformatics, and cheminformatics software, and related services that facilitate the discovery and development of new drug and chemical products and processes in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, chemical, petrochemical, and materials industries. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Medifast (NYSE:MED): Northland Securities downgraded its rating on this company from Outperform to Market Perform and changed its price target from $32 to $17. About the company: Medifast, Inc. combines physician-supervised weight loss programs with nutritional supplements and multidisciplinary patient education programs. The Company provides an Internet-based physician and medical practitioner network to consumers. Medifast also provides a corporate wellness program for large corporations, associations, and their health insurance carriers. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Transocean (NYSE:RIG): Morgan Keegan downgraded its rating on this company from Outperform to Mkt Perform and changed its price target from $60 to $48. About the company: Transocean Ltd. is an offshore drilling contractor. The Company owns or operates mobile offshore drilling units, inland drilling barges, and other assets utilized in the support of offshore drilling activities worldwide. Transocean specializes in technically demanding segments of the offshore drilling business, including deepwater and harsh environment drilling services. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • SandRidge Energy (NYSE:SD): Stifel Nicolaus downgraded its rating on this company from Buy to Hold. About the company: SandRidge Energy Inc. explores and produces natural gas and crude oil. The Company and its subsidiaries own and operate gas gathering and processing facilities and CO2 treating and transportation facilities. Sandridge energy conducts marketing and tertiary oil recovery operations. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Kellogg (NYSE:K): Stifel Nicolaus downgraded its rating on this company from Buy to Hold. About the company: Kellogg Company manufactures and markets ready-to-eat cereal and other convenience foods. The Company’s products include cereals, cookies, crackers, toaster pastries, cereal bars, fruit snacks, frozen waffles and veggie foods. Kellogg markets its products in the United States, Canada, and other countries throughout the world. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • GMX Resources (NYSE:GMXR): Stifel Nicolaus downgraded its rating on this company from Hold to Sell. About the company: GMX Resources Inc. acquires and develops oil and gas properties in the United States. The Company currently holds interests in producing and undeveloped properties located primarily in Texas, Louisiana, Kansas, and New Mexico. GMX is concentrating its efforts on the acquisition and development of gas reserves. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • CommonWealth REIT (NYSE:CWH): Stifel Nicolaus downgraded its rating on this company from Hold to Sell. About the company: CommonWealth REIT is a real estate investment trust, or REIT. The Company primarily owns office buildings located in Central Business District and suburban areas of major metropolitan markets in the United States, and has a large concentration of properties leased to the U.S. Government and medical related tenants. CommonWealth also owns industrial lands in Hawaii. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Pioneer Drilling (AMEX:PDC): Morgan Keegan downgraded its rating on this company from Outperform to Mkt Perform and changed its price target to $10.5. About the company: Pioneer Drilling Company provides contract land drilling services under the name Pioneer Drilling Co., Ltd. The Company serves independent and major oil and gas operators drilling wells in central, south, and east Texas. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • KAR Auction Services (NYSE:KAR): Barrington Research downgraded its rating on this company from Outperform to Mkt Perform. About the company: KAR Auction Services Inc. provides wholesale vehicle auction services in North America. The Company facilitates a marketplace providing auction services for sellers of used and salvage vehicles through physical auction locations and multiple proprietary Internet websites. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Multi-Fineline (NASDAQ:MFLX): Needham downgraded its rating on this company from Buy to Hold. About the company: Multi-Fineline Electronix, Inc. provides flexible printed circuit and component assembly solutions to the electronics industry. The Company’s services include design and application engineering, prototyping and high-volume manufacturing, and turnkey component assembly and testing. 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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