Follow-up: Discover upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel Nicolaus Stifel Nicolaus upgraded Discover with a $46 price target citing an improved risk/reward profile following the company's Q4 results. The firm said it is encouraged by Discover's accelerating growth and strong credit.
On The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ADT Corp. (ADT) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... Allegheny Technologies (ATI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Amicus (FOLD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Chardan... ArcelorMittal (MT) upgraded to Buy from Sell at Citi... AutoZone (AZO) upgraded at Oppenheimer... BE Aerospace (BEAV) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Gabelli... Boston Scientific (BSX) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... C1 Financial (BNK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... CONSOL (CNX) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... Discover (DFS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... International Game (IGT) upgraded on valuation at Sterne Agee CRT... Juniper (JNPR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Keryx (KERX) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Knowles (KN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... LaSalle Hotel (LHO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Lazard (LAZ) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Nucor (NUE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... OUTFRONT Media (OUT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Park Sterling Bank (PSTB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Phoenix Companies (PNX) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... SBA Communications (SBAC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Snap-On (SNA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... Swift Transport (SWFT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Team (TISI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Johnson Rice... Teck Resources (TCK) upgraded to Outperformer from Sector Performer at CIBC... Toll Brothers (TOL) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Twitter (TWTR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Axiom... UniCredit (UNCFF) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital... Wynn Resorts (WYNN) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Telsey Advisory... bluebird bio (BLUE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
American Express price target lowered to $70 from $85 at Jefferies Jefferies analyst John Hecht says that even with the recent selloff, shares of American Express do not offer "compelling rewards" at current levels. Hecht believes AmEx is nearing saturation in its core demographic, the highly-affluent consumer, and views the Costco (COST) loss as a "significant challenge to overcome." American Express remains the industry leader in terms of rewards, but the gap to competitors has narrowed, Hecht tells investors in a research note. The company faces "several discrete headwinds" over the coming quarters, the analyst concludes. He cut his price target for AmEx shares to $70 from $85 and keeps a Hold rating on the name. The credit card provider closed yesterday down 8c to $75.63. Hecht has Buy ratings on card peers Discover (DFS) and Synchrony Financial (SYF).