Ashford Hospitality Prime Inc. (NYSE: AHP) was raised to Buy with a $17 fair value estimate (versus a $13.26 close) at Janney. The firm’s note said that Ashford is too cheap to ignore given recent changes and its outlook.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) was started as Hold with a $44 price target (versus a $41.82 close) at Evercore ISI Group.
CBOE Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: CBOE) was raised to Buy from Underperform with an $85 price objective (versus a $77.87 close) at Merrill Lynch.
Clean Harbors Inc. (NYSE: CLH) was raised to Overweight from Sector Weight at KeyBanc Capital Markets.
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. (NASDAQ: CTSH) was downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley.
MarketAxess Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: MKTX) was raised to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie.
MSG Networks Inc. (NYSE: MSGN) was started with a Buy rating and assigned a $27 price objective (versus a $22.70 close) at Merrill Lynch.
Navient Corp. (NASDAQ: NAVI) was started as Neutral and assigned a $16.50 price target (versus a $15.11 close) at Wedbush Securities.
National Retail Properties Inc. (NYSE: NNN) was raised to Buy from Neutral and the price objective was raised to $48 from $44 (versus a $42.59 close) at Merrill Lynch. The upgrade noted that its balance sheet is well positioned for rising rates.
Royal Dutch Shell PLC (NYSE: RDS-A) was started with a Hold rating at Societe Generale.
Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) was started as Hold with an $8 price target (versus a $9.11 close) at Evercore ISI Group.
Steven Madden Ltd. (NASDAQ: SHOO) was raised to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup.
Tempur Sealy International Inc. (NYSE: TPX) was reiterated as Neutral but the target price was cut to $45 from $55 (versus a $45.49 close) at Wedbush Securities. The firm sees a body blow from Mattress Firm stinging at least for the near term.
Tupperware Brands Corp. (NYSE: TUP) was raised to Neutral from Sell at B. Riley.
United Natural Foods Inc. (NASDAQ: UNFI) was started as Neutral and assigned a $49 price target (versus a $45.99 close) at Goldman Sachs.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) was started as Hold at Evercore ISI.
Virtus Investment Partners Inc. (NASDAQ: VRTS) was started with an Underperform rating and assigned a $110 price target (versus a $110.00 closing price) at Merrill Lynch.
Wyndham Worldwide Corp. (NYSE: WYN) was started as Neutral with an $87 fair value estimate (versus a $79.72 close) at Janney. They noted that there may be limited growth from here after the stocks run higher.
Monday’s top analyst upgrades and downgrades included American Express, Barclays, DuPont, NetApp, Plains All American, Viacom, Walt Disney and many more.
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