Analyst Downgrades: Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Inc, Intel Corporation, and Transocean LTD

Analysts downwardly revised their ratings and price targets on Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Inc (NYSE:VRX), Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), and Transocean LTD (NYSE:RIG)

by Karee Venema

Published on Mar 21, 2016 at 10:24 AM
Updated on Mar 21, 2016 at 10:47 AM

Analysts weighed in on pharmaceutical firm Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Inc (NYSE:VRX), chipmaker Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), and oil-and-gas stock Transocean LTD (NYSE:RIG). Here's a quick roundup of today's bearish brokerage notes on VRX, INTC, and RIG.

  • VRX announced that Mike Pearson will step down as CEO once a replacement has been found, and that activist investor Bill Ackman has been appointed to its board of directors. This follows a recent string of fundamental follies that sent shares of VRX tumbling to a fresh five-year low of $25.99 earlier -- after being halted in electronic trading -- and its 14-day Relative Strength Index (RSI) well into oversold territory. This may be why Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Inc has since moved 12.9% higher to $30.47, despite Mizuho Securities cutting its rating to "underperform" from "neutral" and its price target to $18 from $70. Barclays also chimed in, slashing its price target by $101 to $34. However, there's still plenty of room for more analysts to downgrade the embattled stock, should it resume its downtrend, as 41% still maintain a "strong buy" rating.

  • Bernstein lowered its outlook on INTC to "underpeform" from "market perform" and its price target to $26 from $29, citing skepticism over the company's first-quarter results. Additionally, Deutsche Bank cut its price target to $37 from $38. Against this backdrop, shares of INTC are off 2% at $32.03 -- the biggest decliner on the Dow -- and put volume is once again running at an accelerated clip. Widening the scope, over the past 10 sessions, Intel Corporation has racked up a 10-day put/call volume ratio of 3.36 on the International Securities Exchange (ISE), Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), and NASDAQ OMX PHLX (PHLX) -- in the 92nd percentile of its annual range.

  • RIG saw its price target cut to $9 from $12 at Cowen and Company, sending the shares down 2% to $10.56. Longer term, the stock has shed more than half of its value since hitting an annual high of $21.90 last May -- and notched a new record low of $7.67 in late February. Nevertheless, short-term speculators are more call-heavy now than at any other point in the past year. In fact, Transocean LTD's Schaeffer's put/call open interest ratio (SOIR) of 1.10 sits below all other comparable readings taken in the last 12 months.
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