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AAN

Aaron's

$28.63

0.33 (1.17%)

, ALLY

Ally Financial

$20.39

-0.12 (-0.59%)

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AAN

Aaron's

$28.63

0.33 (1.17%)

ALLY

Ally Financial

$20.39

-0.12 (-0.59%)

FCFS

First Cash Financial

$44.70

-0.7 (-1.54%)

RCII

Rent-A-Center

$8.71

0.12 (1.40%)

SC

Santander Consumer

$13.41

0.05 (0.37%)

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AAN Aaron's
$28.63

0.33 (1.17%)

01/20/17
01/20/17
UPGRADE

On The Fly: Top five analyst upgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst upgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. CF Industries (CF) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill with the firm's analyst upgrading the stock two notches to Buy from Underperform and increased its price target to $40 from $21. The firm's analyst said capacity rationalization is underway and said the nitrogen debate has shifted from the timing of the trough to the magnitude of the recovery. 2. Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA) were upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush. 3. Noble Corp. (NE) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill with the firm's analyst citing the updated fleet status report, highlighting five-year contract extensions on two jackups with Saudi Aramco. The analyst said the extensions were expected but said the strong rate is a positive sign for the overall jackup market. 4. Aaron's (AAN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at SunTrust with analyst David Magee citing yesterday's 10% selloff in shares. The analyst acknowledges the challenges in the sector but believes Aaron's Progressive division has been gaining market share at a faster rate in the virtual space which contributed to Rent-A-Center's (RCII) woes and said the two companies have a relatively low correlation. 5. Domino's Pizza (DPZ) upgraded to Overweight from Sector Weight at KeyBanc with analyst Chris O'Cull citing his firm's proprietary survey, which indicated that dining consumers are seeking convenience through digital ordering and delivery and affordable value. Domino's is at the intersection of these three "powerful" trends, O'Cull tells investors in a research note. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
02/21/17
RHCO
02/21/17
NO CHANGE
RHCO
Aaron's shares should be bought on weakness, says SunTrust
After Aaron's reported Q4 results that SunTrust analyst David Magee views as "strong," but its guidance came in below expectations, the analyst is upbeat about changes in the company's business mix. Specifically, he notes that the company's higher margin Progressive unit is slated to account for 60% of its earnings this year. Magee recommends that investors buy the stock on weakness.
02/24/17
LOOP
02/24/17
NO CHANGE
LOOP
Hold
Rent-A-Center sale still unlikely in near-term, says Loop Capital
Loop Capital analyst Anthony Chukumba thinks Engaged Capital has nominated a "strong" slate of director candidates for Rent-A-Center's (RCII) board and would not be surprised to see multiple of its nominees elected. However, he continues to believe a near-term sale of Rent-A-Center is highly unlikely, adding that he highly doubts Aaron's (AAN), which he sees as "the only logical strategic buyer," would be interested in taking on the integration challenge right now. Chukumba maintains a Hold rating on Rent-A-Center shares.
01/20/17
RHCO
01/20/17
UPGRADE
RHCO
Buy
Aaron's upgraded to Buy from Hold at SunTrust
SunTrust analyst David Magee upgraded Aaron's (AAN) to Buy and raised its price target to $37 from $27.50 citing yesterday's 10% selloff in shares. The analyst acknowledges the challenges in the sector but believes Aaron's Progressive division has been gaining market share at a faster rate in the virtual space which contributed to Rent-A-Center's (RCII) woes and said the two companies have a relatively low correlation.
ALLY Ally Financial
$20.39

-0.12 (-0.59%)

01/23/17
SUSQ
01/23/17
INITIATION
Target $28
SUSQ
Positive
Ally Financial initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna
Susquehanna analyst Jack Micenko initiated Ally Financial with a Neutral and a $28 price target.
02/28/17
SDLR
02/28/17
DOWNGRADE
SDLR
Hold
Ally Financial downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill
12/21/16
MSCO
12/21/16
INITIATION
Target $22
MSCO
Equal Weight
Ally Financial initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley initiated Ally Financial with an Equal Weight and a $22 price target.
12/20/16
MSCO
12/20/16
INITIATION
MSCO
Equal Weight
Ally Financial resumed with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
FCFS First Cash Financial
$44.70

-0.7 (-1.54%)

10/13/16
JMPS
10/13/16
UPGRADE
JMPS
Outperform
First Cash Financial upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities
JMP Securities analyst David Scharf upgraded First Cash (FCFS) following its merger with domestic pawn company Cash America (CSH). The analyst thinks that the combined company is "a compelling combination of cash-flow rich domestic operations that should fund aggressive return of capital and a long runway of ongoing...expansion in Latin America," The analyst believes that the combined company has several other positive catalysts including a recovery of pawn demand in Mexico, synergies, and an increased focus on returning capital. Target $57.
01/12/17
SPHN
01/12/17
INITIATION
SPHN
Equal Weight
First Cash Financial initiated with an Equal Weight at Stephens
10/10/16
WEDB
10/10/16
INITIATION
Target $58
WEDB
Outperform
First Cash Financial initiated with an Outperform at Wedbush
Wedbush analyst Henry Coffey initiated First Cash Financial with an Outperform and a $58 price target.
10/03/16
10/03/16
UPGRADE
Target $59

Buy
First Cash Financial upgraded to Buy at Janney Capital
As previously reported, Janney Capital upgraded First Cash Financial to Buy from Neutral and raised its price target to $59 from $52. Analyst John Rowan said First Cash Financial's announced cost savings from the Cash America acquisition are $65M, but he sees additional upside potential the four-wall operating improvements that can be had from the legacy Cash America footprint. He expects Cash America to become more efficient and operate on par with Fist Cash's domestic pawn operations.
RCII Rent-A-Center
$8.71

0.12 (1.40%)

12/13/16
LOOP
12/13/16
INITIATION
Target $11
LOOP
Hold
Rent-A-Center initiated with a Hold at Loop Capital
Loop Capital analyst Anthony Chukumba initiated Rent-A-Center with a Hold and a $11 price target.
02/14/17
LOOP
02/14/17
NO CHANGE
LOOP
Hold
Rent-A-Center sale 'highly unlikely' in near term, says Loop Capital
After Engaged Capital called on Rent-A-Center to explore strategic alternatives, Loop Capital analyst Anthony Chukumba says a sale of the company to a strategic or financial buyer is "highly unlikely" in the near term. Aaron's (AAN), the only logical strategic buyer, would not likely to be interested in taking on integrating Rent-A-Center, while the company's" high leverage and deteriorating profitability" make a leveraged buyout an unlikely proposition, Chukumba tells investors in a research note. He keeps a Hold rating on Rent-A-Center.
01/12/17
SPHN
01/12/17
INITIATION
SPHN
Equal Weight
Rent-A-Center initiated with an Equal Weight at Stephens
SC Santander Consumer
$13.41

0.05 (0.37%)

01/23/17
SUSQ
01/23/17
INITIATION
Target $14
SUSQ
Neutral
Santander Consumer initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna
Susquehanna analyst Jack Micenko initiated Santander Consumer with a Neutral and a $14 price target.
02/02/17
BMOC
02/02/17
NO CHANGE
BMOC
Santander Consumer should be bought at current levels,says BMO Capital
BMO Capital analyst James Fotheringham recommends buying the shares of Santander Consumer (SC). He expects the company's parent, Santander Holdings USA, to buy out Santander Consumer's public shareholders at a premium within a year. The analyst estimates that Santander Holdings USA can pay a premium of up to 41%. He keeps a $14 price target and an Outperform rating on Santander Consumer.
01/12/17
SBSH
01/12/17
DOWNGRADE
SBSH
Neutral
Santander Consumer downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi
Citi analyst Donald Fandetti downgraded Santander Consumer to Neutral citing valuation with the shares reaching his price target.
02/24/17
JEFF
02/24/17
NO CHANGE
Target $18
JEFF
Buy
Santander Consumer price target raised to $18 from $15 at Jefferies
Jefferies analyst John Hecht raised his price target for Santander Consumer to $18 saying he left yesterday's analyst day "incrementally positive." The analyst highlights improvement in the company's recent vintage performance, the impending Banco Santander flow agreement as well as the potential for capital returns. He keeps a Buy rating on the shares.

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