Upgrades & Downgrades

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Change in Ratings

Bullish
Carefusion upgraded at Morgan Keegan
Feb 17, 2012 | 7:47 AM EST
CFN was upgraded from Market Perform to Outperform, Morgan Keegan said. $31 price target. Company can expand margins over the coming quarters.
Bullish
Chesapeake Energy upgraded at Stifel
Feb 17, 2012 | 8:12 AM EST
CHK was upgraded from Hold to Buy, Stifel Nicolaus said. Valuation call, based on a $29 price target.
Dell downgraded at Baird
Feb 17, 2012 | 6:58 AM EST
DELL was downgraded from Outperform to Neutral, Robert Baird said. Valuation call, based on a $20 price target.
Finish Line rated new Buy at Deutsche
Feb 17, 2012 | 7:55 AM EST

FINL was initiated with a Buy rating, Deutsche Bank said. $28 price target. Company can generate 20% annual earnings growth.

Update
Foot Locker rated new Hold at Deutsche
Feb 17, 2012 | 7:57 AM EST

Coverage of FL was started with a Hold rating, Deutsche Bank said. $30 price target. Growth will likely moderate in the coming quarters.

Bearish
HollyFrontier downgraded at UBS
Feb 17, 2012 | 7:33 AM EST

HFC was downgraded to Neutral from Buy, UBS said.  Risk reward no longer attractive. 

Bearish
Hospira downgraded at Citigroup
Feb 17, 2012 | 7:55 AM EST

HSP was downgraded to Sell from Neutral, Citigroup said.  $33 price target.  Regulatory risks remain credible.

Itron downgraded at Keybanc
Feb 17, 2012 | 8:02 AM EST

ITRI was downgraded from Buy to Hold, Keybanc said. Valuation call, as the stock is up 75% since the October lows.

Bearish
Medco Health downgraded at Morgan Stanley
Feb 17, 2012 | 7:31 AM EST

MHS was downgraded from Overweight to Equal-weight, Morgan Stanley said. Valuation call, as the stock is up 15% year-to-date.

Omnivision downgraded at JP Morgan
Feb 17, 2012 | 7:58 AM EST

OVTI was downgraded from Overweight to Neutral, JP Morgan said. Company lacks near-term visibility.

Perrigo rated new Overweight at Morgan Stanley
Feb 17, 2012 | 7:25 AM EST

PRGO was initiated with an Overweight rating, Morgan Stanley said. $110 price target. Over-the-counter growth should accelerate in the second half of the year.

Bearish
Ultra Petroleum downgraded at Jefferies
Feb 17, 2012 | 8:33 AM EST

Shares of UPL downgraded to Hold from Buy, Jefferies said. $22 price target. Downgrade on bleak production outlook.

Bearish
Valero Energy downgraded at UBS
Feb 17, 2012 | 7:32 AM EST

VLO was downgraded to Neutral from Buy, UBS said.  Risk reward profile no longer attractive.

Stock Comments / EPS Changes

Bullish
Advance Auto Parts numbers boosted at Credit Suisse
Feb 17, 2012 | 7:33 AM EST

Shares of AAP now seen reaching $96, according to Credit Suisse. Estimates also upped, as the company is carrying a lot of operating momentum into the new year. Outperform rating.

Apple numbers raised at Oppenheimer
Feb 17, 2012 | 8:21 AM EST

Shares of AAPL now seen reaching $570, Oppenheimer said. Estimates also raised on increases to iPhone and iPad sales estimates. Outperform rating.

Bullish
BorgWarner numbers raised at Sterne Agee
Feb 17, 2012 | 8:08 AM EST

Shares of BWA now seen reaching $90, according to Sterne Agee.  Estimates also increased on strong industry trends and new business wins.

Bullish
Bally Technologies numbers increased at Morgan Stanley
Feb 17, 2012 | 7:27 AM EST

BYI estimates were raised through 2013, Morgan Stanley said. New games should help drive market share gains. Equal-weight rating and new $44 price target.

Bearish
Cloud Peak Energy numbers cut at Credit Suisse
Feb 17, 2012 | 7:42 AM EST

Shares of CLD now seen reaching $20, according to Credit Suisse. Estimates also reduced, as the company is leveraged to lower nautral gas prices. Outperform rating.

Dollar Tree numbers raised at Jefferies
Feb 17, 2012 | 8:35 AM EST

Shares of DLTR now seen reaching $100, Jefferies said. Estimates also raised on belief that sales are exceeding expectations. Buy rating.

Bullish
Eaton Corp. numbers raised at Oppenheimer
Feb 17, 2012 | 8:24 AM EST

Shares of ETN now seen reaching $59, Oppenheimer said. Estimates also raised on overall healthy organic growth profile. Outperform rating.

Bullish
General Motors target raised at Jefferies
Feb 17, 2012 | 8:38 AM EST

Shares of GM now seen reaching $31, Jefferies said. Path of least resistance feels higher. Hold rating.

Bullish
General Motors numbers raised at Citigroup
Feb 17, 2012 | 7:58 AM EST

Shares of GM now seen reaching $36, Citigroup said.  Estimates also increased to account for lower pension underfunding.  Buy rating.

Bullish
GNC estimates, target raised at Morgan Stanley
Feb 17, 2012 | 7:24 AM EST

Shares of GNC now seen reaching $35, according to Morgan Stanley. Estimates also increased, given solid sales momentum. Overweight rating.

Bullish
GNC estimates, target raised at Morgan Stanley
Feb 17, 2012 | 7:24 AM EST

Shares of GNC now seen reaching $35, according to Morgan Stanley. Estimates also increased, given solid sales momentum. Overweight rating.

Bullish
Home Depot numbers raised at Oppenheimer
Feb 17, 2012 | 8:26 AM EST

Shares of HD now seen reaching $55, Oppenheimer said. Estimates also raised on strengthening home sector. Outperform rating.

Bullish
Lowe's Cos. target raised at Oppenheimer
Feb 17, 2012 | 8:28 AM EST

Shares of LOW now seen reaching $34, Oppenheimer said. Stengthening home market. Outperform rating.

Bullish
Lowes Cos. numbers raised at Jefferies
Feb 17, 2012 | 8:42 AM EST

Shares of LOW now seen reaching $25, Jefferies said. Estimates also raised on easy weather compares for the first quarter. Hold rating.

Bullish
Monsanto target raised at UBS
Feb 17, 2012 | 7:38 AM EST

MON price target raised to $80, UBS said.  Expect further EPS surprise because of less discounting.  Neutral rating.

Bullish
Mylan estimates raised at Citigroup
Feb 17, 2012 | 7:54 AM EST

MYL estimates were increased through 2012, Citigroup said.  Stronger product mix, higher gross margins, and lower SG&A.  Buy rating.

Bearish
OGE Energy numbers lowered at BMO
Feb 17, 2012 | 8:05 AM EST

OGE estimates were cut through 2013, BMO Capital said. The company is leveraged to lower natural gas prices. Market Perform rating and new $54 price target.

Bearish
Ralcorp Holdings numbers lowered at UBS
Feb 17, 2012 | 7:43 AM EST

Shares of RAH now seen reaching $78, according to UBS.  Estimates also lowered post spin off.  Neutral rating.

Bullish
Reliance Steel numbers raised at Credit Suisse
Feb 17, 2012 | 7:44 AM EST

Shares of RS now seen reaching $67, according to Credit Suisse. Estimates also increased, given expected volume recovery. Outperform rating.

Bullish
Molson Coors estimates raised at UBS
Feb 17, 2012 | 7:46 AM EST

TAP estimates increased through 2013, UBS said.  Spending beat doesn't change thesis.  Neutral rating.

Bullish
Valassis estimates, target boosted at BMO
Feb 17, 2012 | 8:10 AM EST

Shares of VCI now seen reaching $28, according to BMO Capital. Estimates also upped, as the company is looking to grow it newspaper insert business. Outperform rating.

Bullish
VF Corp target raised at UBS
Feb 17, 2012 | 7:41 AM EST

VFC price target increased to $165, UBS said.  Better long term growth outlook.  Buy rating.

Bullish
Wells Fargo & Co numbers raised at Sterne Agee
Feb 17, 2012 | 8:07 AM EST

Shares of WFC now seen reaching $36, according to Sterne Agee.  Estimates also increased on potential catalysts in 2012.  Buy rating.

Economics

Update
CPI
Feb 17, 2012 | 6:41 AM EST

8:30am: CPI, M/m, Jan., est. 0.3% (prior 0.0%)

Update
Leading Economic Indicators
Feb 17, 2012 | 6:42 AM EST

10am: Leading Indicators, Jan., est. 0.5% (prior 0.4%)

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