BlackBerry (BBRY) was downgraded to a sell rating from neutral by MKM Partners. MKM citing concerns over the likelihood of success in the company’s new BlackBerry 10 phones and operating system. MKM believes that the odds of failure outweigh the chance of success with sales already stalling in the United Kingdom and a far smaller selection of popular applications. Analysts lowered their price target from $12.00 to $10.00. Shares of BBRY are trading down 3 percent at $13.50 in early morning trading.
Agrium, Inc. (AGU) was downgraded by Dahlman Rose from a buy rating to a sell rating. Dahlman Rose holds a price target of $88.00 for Agrium shares. The reasons for the downgrade were more industry-wide as Dahlman believes the nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium markets are facing stiff headwinds for future growth. Shares of AGU have fallen more than 6 percent in Friday morning trading to $100.
Dahlman wasn’t done with fertilizer play downgrades. Analysts also slashed CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (CF) from buy to sell on Friday with a price target of $170.00. That’s a 17 percent downside from Thursday’s closing price. Shares have shed 1.6 percent to $200 this morning.
Newfield Exploration Co. (NFX) was downgraded by the computer-based metrics at TheStreet from a hold to a sell rating. Reasons cited were weakness in multiple areas, including a high debt-to-equity ratio of 1:10, deteriorating net income in the latest quarter compared to the year prior quarter and “generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.” Despite the downgrade, shares are ahead by about 1 percent this morning after plummeting about 20 percent in the past five days.
C.R. Bard, Inc. (BCR) was downgraded by analysts at Goldman Sachs from neutral to a sell. Goldman’s 12-month price target for the stock was lowered from $99.00 to $95.00. The firm noted risks associated with clinical trials and an expanding P/E ratio while earnings estimates were lowered as rationale for the ratings cut. Shares of BCR are down by less than 1 percent at $98 in morning trading.
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