Notable Analyst Rating Changes 04/08: (FNFG) (FLEX) (JNPR) Upgraded; (GOOG) (JNJ) (MHR) Downgraded

April 8, 2013 10:46 AM EDT
First Niagara Financial (Nasdaq: FNFG) upgraded by two today:
  • Evercore Partners from Underweight to Equal Weight, moving its price target from $7 up to $8.50; and

  • Keefe, Bruyette & Woods from Market Perform to Outperform, adjusting its price target from $9 to $10.50.

RBC Capital boosts Flextronics (Nasdaq: FLEX) from Sector Perform to Outperform, moving its price target up $1 to $8. Click Here for more color.

Argus lifts Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) from Hold to Buy.

Avondale Partners upgrades Gap, Inc. (NYSE: GPS) from Underperform to Market Perform.

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Pivotal Research trims Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) from Buy to Hold with a price target of $820. Click Here for more color.

JPMorgan lowers Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) from Overweight to Neutral.

Stifel Nicolaus cuts Magnum Hunter (NYSE: MHR) from Buy to Hold.

Mizuho Securities downgrades CA (Nasdaq: CA) from Buy to Neutral with a price target of $25.

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Silver Spring Networks (NYSE: SSNI) starte by a handful of firms Monday:
  • Piper Jaffray with a Neutral and $19 target;

  • Baird at Outperform and $22 target;

  • Stifel Nicolaus with a Buy and $22 price target;

  • Pacific Crest at Sector Perform;

  • Goldman Sachs at Neutral rating and a price target of $19. Click Here for more color;

  • Evercore Partners with an Overweight and $24 target;

  • Credit Suisse at Outperform and $26 price target.

Monness, Crespi, Hardt initiates Fusion-io (NYSE: FIO) with a Buy and $20 target.

Morgan Stanley starts Micron Technology (Nasdaq: MU) with an Equalweight and price target of $11.

Needham & Company assumes Perion Network Ltd. (Nasdaq: PERI) at Buy and price target of $14. Click Here for more color.

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