Notable Downgrades: Aegerion (AEGR), VMware (VMW), Aetna Inc. (AET), Gulfport Energy (GPOR)

Analysts at Guggenheim downgraded Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (AEGR) from ‘Neutral‘ to ‘Sell‘ in a research report issued to clients on Monday.

On valuation measures, Aegerion Pharmaceuticals shares have a price/sales and price/book ratio of 2.78 and 347, respectively. The t-12-month revenue at Aegerion is $190.78 million. AEGR ‘s ROE for the same period is (30.27%).

Shares of the $480.58 million market cap company are down 42.76% year-over-year and 11.22% year-to-date.

Aegerion Pharmaceuticals Inc., currently with a median Wall Street price target of $25.50 and a high target of $38.00, dropped $1.77 to $16.82 in recent trading.

The chart below shows where the equity has traded over the past 52-weeks.

VMware, Inc. (VMW) was downgraded from ‘Outperform‘ to ‘Market Perform‘ and the price target was cut to $90 from $96 at FBR Capital.

Shares have traded today between $82.73 and $83.51 with the price of the stock fluctuating between $73.65 to $103.86 over the last 52 weeks.

VMware Inc. shares are currently changing hands at 40.76x this year’s forecasted earnings, compared to the industry’s 23.24x earnings multiple. Ticker has a t-12 price/sales ratio of 5.84. EPS for the same period registers at $2.03.

Shares of VMW have lost $2.41 to $82.79 in midday trading on Monday, giving it a market cap of roughly $35 billion. The stock traded as high as $103.86 in August 19, 2014.

FBR Capital reported on Monday that they have lowered their rating for Aetna Inc. (AET). The firm has downgraded AET from ‘Outperform‘ to ‘Market Perform‘ and set its price target at $130 after the company announced it would acquire Humana (HUM) for $230 a share.

Aetna Inc. recently traded at $116.12, a loss of $9.39 over Friday’s closing price. The name has a current market capitalization of $40.55 billion.

As for passive income investors, the firm pays shareholders $1.00 per share annually in dividends, yielding 0.80%. Five year average dividend yield currently stands at 1.10%.

Gulfport Energy Corp. (GPOR) was reiterated a ‘Buy’ by Topeka Capital Markets analysts on Monday. The broker however, cut its price target on the stock to $55 from $62.

GPOR is down $0.66 at $37.70 on heavy volume. Midway through trading Monday, 733K shares of Gulfport Energy Corp. have exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.67 million shares. The stock has ranged in a price between $37.02 to $38.37 after having opened the day at $37.72 as compared to the previous trading day’s close of $38.36.

In the past 52 weeks, shares of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma-based company have traded between a low of $35.00 and a high of $65.00. Shares are down 40.64% year-over-year and 8.10% year-to-date.

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