Notable Downgrades: Wal-Mart Stores (WMT), Manitowoc (MTW), Yelp Inc. (YELP), BlackRock (BLK), Garmin Ltd. (GRMN)

Analysts at BofA/Merrill (BAC) downgraded Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) from ‘Buy’ to ‘Neutral’ in a research report issued to clients on Thursday. The target price for WMT is set at $65/share.

On valuation measures, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. stock it’s trading at a forward P/E multiple of 12.62x, and at a multiple of 12.30x this year’s estimated earnings. The t-12-month revenue at Wal-Mart is $485.62 billion. WMT ‘s ROE for the same period is 19.32%.

Shares of the $188.89 billion market cap company are down 21.10% year-over-year and 28.75% year-to-date.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., currently with a median Wall Street price target of $73 and a high target of $85, dropped $1.11 to $58.92 in recent trading.

The Manitowoc Company, Inc. (MTW) was downgraded from ‘Buy’ to ‘Hold’ at Stifel.

Shares have traded today between $13.86 and $14.79 with the price of the stock fluctuating between $13.86 to $23.15 over the last 52 weeks.

Manitowoc Co. shares are currently changing hands at 16.10x this year’s forecasted earnings, compared to the industry’s 14.45x earnings multiple. Ticker has a t-12 price/sales ratio of 0.61. EPS for the same period registers at $0.89.

Shares of Manitowoc Co. have lost $2.01 to $14.35 in mid-day trading on Thursday, giving it a market cap of roughly $1.96 billion. The stock traded as high as $23.15 in December 29, 2014.

Yelp Inc. (YELP) was reiterated a ‘Neutral’ by UBS analysts on Thursday. The broker also cut its price target on the stock to $24 from $30.

Yelp recently traded at $22.75, a gain of $0.77 over Wednesday’s closing price.

The name has a current market capitalization of $1.71 billion.

BlackRock, Inc. (BLK) was lowered to $384 from $388 price target on Thursday by RBC Capital Markets.

Currently there are 13 analysts that rate BLK a ‘Buy’, no analyst rates it a ‘Sell’, and 6 rate it a ‘Hold’.

BLK was up $0.82 at $323.29 in mid-day trade, moving within a 52-week range of $275 to $382.84. The name, valued at $53.79 billion, opened at $324.45.

On valuation measures, BlackRock Inc. shares are currently priced at 16.31x this year’s forecasted earnings. Ticker has a t-12 price/sales ratio of 4.76. EPS for the same period registers at $19.82.

As for passive income investors, the firm pays stockholders $8.72 per share annually in dividends, yielding 2.74%.

Garmin Ltd. (GRMN) rating of ‘Outperform’ was reiterated today at RBC Capital Markets with a price target decrease of $40 from $46.

GRMN closed at $36.96 on Wednesday and is currently trading down $5.48.

In the past 52 weeks, shares of the GPS enabled products have traded between a low of $31.32 and a high of $60.19 and are now trading at $31.48.

Shares are down 24.70% year-over-year, and 28.25% year-to-date.

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