As the US stock markets hold near the flat line, several stocks were either upgraded or downgraded by analysts and rating agencies. Some notable stocks are discussed here.
Wintrust Financial Corp. (Nasdaq: WTFC) has been upgraded by analysts at Robert W. Baird to the new rating of outperform from neutral, with a price target of $40 a share. Shares of Wintrust Financial were trading higher by 4.36 percent to $34.26 on Tuesday.
Analysts at Barclays Capital upgraded stock rating of Sealed Air Corp. (NYSE: SEE) to overweight from equal weight with a revised $28 price target from an earlier target of $23 a share. SEE is currently trading higher by 2.83 percent to $23.96 today.
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International Game Technology (NYSE: IGT) has been upgraded by analysts at Sterne Agee to buy from neutral, citing acceleration in game popularity. Sterne has a new price target of $23 a share for IGT. Shares of IGT were trading higher by 2.96 percent to $18.07 on Tuesday.
Analysts at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch upgraded shares of M&T Bank Co. (NYSE: MTB) to but from neutral, citing strong earning power and attractive dividend. BofA/Merrill Lynch also raised their price target to $100 a share. MTB is currently trading higher by 1.89 percent to $87.80, after the upgrade.
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Tesoro Corp. (NYSE: TSO) has been downgraded by analysts at Bank of America/ Merrill Lynch to underperform from buy on Tuesday. Tesoro's stock is trading lower by 0.42 percent to $23.95 after the downgrade.
Analysts at Piper Jaffray has downgraded its rating for AnnTaylor Stores Corp. (NYSE: ANN) to underweight from neutral and has lowered its price target from $26 to $23 on AnnTaylor Stores ahead of the company's release of its quarterly results. ANN is trading down 3.13 percent to $26.04 today.
Sourcefire Inc. (Nasdaq: FIRE) has been downgraded by analysts at UBS to neutral from buy, with a raised price target of $32 a share from $30 a share. UBS downgraded the stock citing, valuation call. Sourcefire is currently trading lower by 1.95 percent to $28.69 a share.
Microchip Technology Inc. (Nasdaq: MCHP) has been downgraded by analysts at UBS to neutral from buy, with a new price target of $37 a share. The downgrade came after the company lowered its earnings guidance for the fiscal first-quarter, citing challenges in its automotive segment tied to the earthquake in Japan. MCHP is down 12.94 percent to $32.63 a share on Tuesday.