Pinnacle, HCA, CHS get new buy ratings

Shares of Pinnacle Financial Partners got a nice endorsement Tuesday from SunTrust Robinson Humphrey. The firm initiated coverage of the largest Nashville-based bank with a 'buy' rating and a Street-high $42 price target — and this is after Pinnacle (Ticker: PNFP) had climbed this year from about $32.50 to $37.50.

 

New York boutique firm Monness Crespi & Hardt this week launched coverage of the hospital sector with a mix of 'neutral' and 'buy' ratings. In the former basket are local player LifePoint Hospitals as well as Tenet Healthcare and Universal Health Services, the (somewhat) recent buyers of Vanguard Health Systems and Psychiatric Solutions, respectively. Blessed with 'buy' ratings are the industry's top two, HCA Holdings and Community Health Systems. The Monness Crespi & Hardt analysts see HCA (Ticker: HCA) climbing to $63 from about $52 and CHS (Ticker: CYH) moving to $51 from its current levels around $39.