Equity Brief: Ratings Changes for December 14th: EL, EMN, ENDP, ESV, ETH, EVR, EXXI, EZPW

A number of stocks were upgraded and downgraded by equities research analysts today, as reported by Analyst Ratings Network (http://bit.ly/equitybriefdaily) and Equity Brief:Goldman Sachs initiated coverage on shares of Estee Lauder Companies Inc (EL). They issued a buy rating on the stock and set...

A number of stocks were upgraded and downgraded by equities research analysts today, as reported by Analyst Ratings Network (http://bit.ly/equitybriefdaily) and Equity Brief:

Goldman Sachs initiated coverage on shares of Estee Lauder Companies Inc (EL). They issued a buy rating on the stock and set a $77.00 price target.

SunTrust initiated coverage on shares of Eastman Chemical Co (EMN). They issued a buy rating on the stock and set a $79.00 price target.

Needham & Company downgraded shares of Endo Pharmaceuticals (ENDP) from a hold rating to an underperform rating.

Jefferies Group upgraded shares of ENSCO PLC (ESV) from a hold rating to a buy rating. Jefferies Group now has a $70.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $66.00.

Stifel Nicolaus downgraded shares of Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. (ETH) from a buy rating to a hold rating.

Evercore Partners upgraded shares of Evercore Partners Inc. (EVR) from a market perform rating to an outperform rating.

Miller Tabak initiated coverage on shares of Energy XXI (EXXI). They issued a buy rating on the stock.

Nomura downgraded shares of EZCORP, Inc. (EZPW) from a buy rating to a neutral rating. Their analysts now have a $21.00 price target on the stock. They noted that the move was a valuation call. They noted that the move was a valuation call.

UBS AG reiterated its neutral rating on shares of FirstEnergy Corp. (FE). They have a $43.00 price target on the stock, down previously from $45.00.

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