Shares of Genesco are getting a boost today thanks to C.L. King analyst Steven Marotta, who has hiked his rating on the Nashville-based company to 'strong buy' from 'buy.' As of 11:10 a.m., Genesco (Ticker: GCO) was up almost 5 percent to $60.65. The shares are still down about 20 percent year to date, though.
Brookdale Senior Living stock is headed in the other direction today, thanks to Kevin Fischbeck at Bank of America Merrill Lynch's downgrade of the company to 'neutral.' Fischbeck's call comes a day after Brian Tanquilut at Jefferies trimmed his price target for Brookdale to $40 from $44. Late this morning, Brookdale (Ticker: BKD) was trading at $23 and change.
And lastly, Roger Read at Wells Fargo has grown more constructive on several parts of the energy sector. That led him to lift his ratings this week on Delek US Holdings and other oil refiners to 'outperform' from 'market perform.' Delek shares (Ticker: DK) are up slightly Thursday to about $27.50 and are flat year to date.
Over at our sister blog Southern/alpha, Ayumi Fukuda Bennett has the story on the promising start of Sydney Elizabeth, a women's golf apparel company launched last year by Belmont then-student Sydney Hudson. Since launching formally online, the business has run through its inventory twice and Hudson now is working on custom gear for eight high school and college teams.
Though the business is still very young, Hudson’s next big goal is to be a vendor at the PGA Merchandise Show within the next year. And as she continues to grow her online traffic and physical presence in more stores, her golf apparel has extended to all customers who seek trendy, functional attire.
“A lot of girls buy them to wear with a t-shirt and sandals to go shopping or lunch with their friends!” said Hudson. “It has taken off faster than I ever imagined and I feel so blessed to get to wake up every morning and do what I love. I have God, my family, and friends to thank for that.”
Comfort shoe maker Mephisto has hired a familiar face to be the next leader for its U.S. operations, which are headquartered in Cool Springs. Effective Saturday, Michael Crosno is back in the job he also held until 2010. He replaces Rusty Hall, who recently moved to rival Abeo Footwear to be president of its wholesale division. For the past five years, Crosno had been with Munro & Co.
Footwear News has more info here.
Analysts at Zacks Investment Research have hiked their rating on shares of Pinnacle Financial Partners. They now rate the Nashville-based bank holding company a 'buy' instead of a 'hold' and see the shares climbing to $59 in the coming quarters. Pinnacle (Ticker: PNFP) ended last week at $53.10.
At Macquarie, Laurent Vasilescu and Stephanie Wakeham have begun covering shares of apparel retailer Genesco with a 'neutral' rating that balances the strong performance at the company's Journeys brand with the struggles of its Lids concept. Their target for Genesco (Ticker: GCO) is $69, about 10 percent higher than where the stock finished Friday's session.
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