Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Mizuho. The analysts wrote, “We also plan to unveil our buyside survey results in full detail and provide additional commentary on what we’re hearing from investors. This webinar will last 60 minutes. We will have slides (and I can’t promise a replay). Hope you can tune in. ===Ways to Access this Webinar=== 1. Link to add this webinar to your calendar ==> Click Here 2. Full-length URL (to use on day of webinar … click on it or cut/paste into your browser) ==> https://mizuhogroup.webex.com/mizuhogroup/onstage/ g.php?MTID=e55aa48dfcfbba81a9521ea1537d2ea77 3. Need audio-only cuz you’re travelling? ==> Email Me Please call / email with any questions – Salim PLEASE REFER TO PAGE 3 OF THIS REPORT FOR IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE AND ANALYST CERTIFICATION INFORMATION. Mizuho Securities USA LLC does and seeks to do business with companies covered in its research reports.””
Avolon (NYSE:AVOL) was upgraded by analysts at UBS Group AG to a positive rating.
The Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) was given a $56.00 target price by analysts at Royal Bank of Canada. The firm currently has a buy rating on the stock.
Aurubis (ETR:NDA) was given a €53.00 ($61.63) price target by analysts at Nord/LB. The firm currently has a buy rating on the stock.
Occidental Petroleum (NYSE:OXY) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at Mizuho. Mizuho currently has a $82.00 target price on the stock. The analysts wrote, “We sympathise. Stronger dividend growth ahead? – Cash return growth, ideally via consistent and sustainable dividend growth, is key to our Renaissance thesis, and OXY is best-positioned among US E&P’s to deliver this dividend growth. In its slide deck, OXY highlights a cash return target of greater than $3.1Bn” in 2019. We think the company signals capacity for stronger dividend growth, and certainly want a much stronger effort than the nominal 1c/quarter of the past two years. We will be looking for additional detail on the call. Unconventional EOR – Demonstrating unconventional EOR commercial success in 2019 is a key to delivering on OXY’s 2022 $9.0Bn operating cash flow target. Expect the company to better define the opportunity set for enhanced recovery opportunities in Permian unconventional on the call.””
Smith & Nephew (NYSE:SNN) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Smith & Nephew is a global medical device company. The company markets clinically superior products, principally in orthopaedics, endoscopy and wound management to deliver cost-effective solutions, significant physician advantage and real patient benefits. A continuous process of supplying new and innovative products is supported by substantial R&D investment to deliver new levels of healing to patients throughout the world “
SUMITOMO HEAVY/ADR (OTCMKTS:SOHVY) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd. manufactures and markets heavy machinery. The Company’s operations include heavy machinery, shipbuilding, mass-production machinery, environmental equipment, and construction machinery divisions. Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd. is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. “
SOUTH32 LTD/S (OTCMKTS:SOUHY) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a strong-buy rating. Zacks Investment Research currently has $15.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “South32 Limited is a resources company. The Company primarily produces alumina, aluminium, coal, manganese, nickel, silver, lead and zinc. South32 Limited is based in Perth, Australia. “
Superior Energy Services (NYSE:SPN) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Superior Energy Services, Inc. serves the drilling, completion and production-related needs of oil and gas companies worldwide through a diversified portfolio of specialized oilfield services and equipment that are used throughout the economic life cycle of oil and gas wells. The world’s energy producers rely on them for the services, tools, equipment and exceptionally trained personnel needed to develop and produce oil and gas. Superior Energy has a history of developing specialized tools and technologies designed to meet customer needs. In its earliest days, the company pioneered the use of rigless plugging and abandonment services. Since then, Superior has been on the leading edge of a number of developments that benefit oil and gas producers throughout the life cycle of the well. “
Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile (NYSE:SQM) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Sociedad Quimica Minera Chile SA produces fertilizer and iodine and manufactures industrial chemicals and iodine derivative products. The Company sells its products in over 60 countries throughout the world. “
Stoneridge (NYSE:SRI) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Stoneridge Inc. is an independent designer and manufacturer of highly engineered electrical and electronic components, modules and systems for the automotive, medium and heavy-duty truck, and agricultural vehicle markets. Their products interface with a vehicle’s mechanical and electrical systems to activate equipment and accessories, display and monitor vehicle performance, and control and distribute electrical power and signals. “
Stamps.com (NASDAQ:STMP) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Stamps.com is a leading provider of Internet-based postage services. Stamps.com’s service for postage online enables small businesses, enterprises, and consumers to print U.S. Postal Service-approved postage with just a PC, printer and Internet connection, right from their home or office. The Company targets its services to small businesses and home offices, and currently has PC Postage partnerships with Microsoft, EarthLink, HP, NCR, Office Depot, the U.S. Postal Service and others. Stamps.com provides easy, convenient and cost-effective Internet-based services for mailing or shipping letters, packages or parcels. Their PC Postage service is designed to allow individuals, home offices, small businesses or corporations to print US postage using any PC, any ordinary inkjet or laser printer, and an Internet connection. Its PhotoStamps product allows consumers and businesses to turn digital photos, designs or corporate logos into valid US postage. “
StoneCo (NASDAQ:STNE) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. They currently have $24.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “StoneCo Ltd. provides financial technology solutions. The Company offers end-to-end cloud-based technology platform to conduct electronic commerce, across in-store, online and mobile channels. StoneCo Ltd. is based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “
Southwestern Energy (NYSE:SWN) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “As compared to 2012-end, Southwestern Energy’s long-term debt increased significantly. Also, the cash balances declined in the first nine months of 2018, reflecting weakness in the balance sheet. The company has a heavy debt-to-capitalization ratio of 61.8% compared to the industry’s ratio of 44.6%. Since natural gas accounts for almost all of the company’s reserves and production, its results are vulnerable to the volatile natural gas prices. Despite the company’s strong cost controlling initiatives, in the first nine months of 2018, it witnessed an increase in operating costs and expenses by almost 22.5% year over year. Given these headwinds, Dril-Quip seems like a risky bet that ordinary investors should exit.”
SWIRE PAC LTD/S (OTCMKTS:SWRAY) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “SWIRE PACIFIC LIMITED is one of Hong Kong’s leading listed companies, with diversified interests in five operating divisions: Property, Aviation, Beverages, Marine Services and Trading & Industrial. The company’s operations are predominantly based in the Greater China region, where the Swire group has been established for over 130 years. Swire Pacific seeks to foster long-term, sustainable growth through active participation in management, underpinned by a strong financial base. “
Molson Coors Brewing (NYSE:TAP) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “Molson Coors lagged the industry in the past month as it reported soft top line results in fourth-quarter 2018, which marked a miss after two consecutive beats. Sales were impacted by lower volume in the United States and Canada, which also led to soft global brand volume. Further, rising input costs and unfavorable currency continue to hurt results. The company estimates softness in the U.S. beer industry, higher input costs and adverse currency to remain deterrents in 2019. However, the company’s bottom line gained from positive global pricing, strength in Europe and International, and cost savings. Consequently, it reported third straight earnings beat in the fourth quarter. Further, the company is encouraged by its portfolio premiumization efforts and robust innovation pipeline, which should bolster growth in the future. Moreover, the company’s restructuring initiatives to reduce overhead costs and boost profitability bode well.”
Carrols Restaurant Group (NASDAQ:TAST) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “Carrols Restaurant Group is the largest BURGER KING franchisee in the U.S., with over 800 restaurants and has operated BURGER KING restaurants since 1976. “
Wyndham Destinations (NASDAQ:WYND) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at Nomura. They currently have a $55.00 price target on the stock.
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