This morning, Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS) saw its shares downgraded by Janney Montgomery Scott from Buy to Neutral as stock price approaches the firm's $34 price target.. The company should benefit from new market opportunites in 2010 and the Marvel acquisition should help the bottom line, as well. But with investors bidding up shares in 2009, the firm sees less room for further appreciation of the share price and see better opportunites elsewhere.
In morning trading, shares of Disney were trading lower, off more than two percent so far today.
FBR downgraded shares of Washington Federal (WFSL) from Outperform to Market Perform following the bank's acquisition of Horizon Bank. The $1.3 billion acquisition took place over the weekend with the help of the FDIC and may not be the last purchase. FBR believes investors have been waiting for an acquisition of this nature for some time and the stock was bid up in anticipation of this purchase. While the investment firm believes investors were disappointed by the first acquisition, they do believe future acquistions could help win over investors and have raised the price target from $20 per share up to $22 despite the downgrade.
In morning trading, shares of Washington Federal were trading sharply lower Monday morning, off more than five percent.
And Deutsche Bank downgraded shares of Rockwell Automation (NYSE:ROK) from Hold to Sell as the stock price may have climbed faster than earnings. With the consensus EPS estimates for 2010 around $1.70 per share, earnings will not warrant the loftly share price. And with the downgrade, Deutsche Bank set a price target of $44.
Shares of Rockwell Automation were trading lower by more than one and a half percent.
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