Analyst calls: Yelp upgraded
JCPenney is both upgraded and downgraded, and Starbucks is upgraded to 'buy.'
Thursday's noteworthy upgrades include:
- Air Products (APD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird
- American Tower (AMT) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James
- Comcast (CMCSA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird
- Regal-Beloit (RBC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow
- Ryland Group (RYL) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James
- Starbucks (SBUX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Williams Capital
- Yelp (YELP) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan and to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland Securities
- AB InBev (BUD) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA
- Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee
- J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities
- Ctrip.com (CTRP) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
- Baker Hughes (BHI) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Argus
- Concur (CNQR) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill
- BJ's Restaurants (BJRI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital
- Health Management (HMA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust
- Humana (HUM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup
- J.C. Penney (JCP) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup
- Papa John's (PZZA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc
- R.R. Donnelley (RRD) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
- Regal-Beloit (RBC) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital
- Barclays (BCS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstein
- Life Technologies (LIFE) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird
- Hanesbrands (HBI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Capital
- Ann Inc. (ANN) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital
- Ascena Retail (ASNA) initiated with an Underperform at FBR Capital
- Coty (COTY) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
- Express (EXPR) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital
- Francesca's (FRAN) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital
- Gap (GPS) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital
- Hanesbrands (HBI) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital
- L Brands (LTD) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital
- Mead Johnson (MJN) initiated with a Perform at Oppenheimer
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