Upgrades & Downgrades

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Change in Ratings

Bullish
Agilent rated new Overweight at Morgan Stanley
Mar 06, 2012 | 7:21 AM EST

Coverage of A was started with an Overweight rating, Morgan Stanley said. $54 price target. Company can deliver solid organic growth and deliver margin improvement.

Update
AptarGroup rated new Neutral at Goldman
Mar 06, 2012 | 7:34 AM EST

ATR was initiated with a Neutral rating, Goldman Sachs said. Valuation call, based on a $50 price target.

Bearish
Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings downgraded at Wells Fargo
Mar 06, 2012 | 8:01 AM EST

CCO was downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform, Wells Fargo said.  $14-15 valuation range.  Current stock price accurately reflects recently announced dividend. 

Google rated new Buy at Nomura
Mar 06, 2012 | 7:50 AM EST

GOOG was initiated with a Buy rating, Nomura said. $750 price target.  The Street may be underestimating the incremental market share to be gained.

Life Technologies rated new Equal-weight at Morgan Stanley
Mar 06, 2012 | 7:27 AM EST

Coverage of LIFE was started with an Equal-weight rating, Morgan Stanley said. Exposure to NIH grants could pressure earnings.

Lifepoint Hospitals upgraded at Credit Suisse
Mar 06, 2012 | 7:55 AM EST

LPNT was upgraded from Underperform to Neutral, Credit Suisse said. Bad debt has not pressured earnings as expected. $42 price target.  

Lululemon downgraded at Argus
Mar 06, 2012 | 8:35 AM EST
LULU was downgraded from Buy to Hold, Argus Research said. Valuation call.
Bearish
Annaly Capital Management downgraded at Wells Fargo
Mar 06, 2012 | 7:59 AM EST

NLY was downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform, Wells Fargo said.  $16-17 valuation range.  Longer duration portfolio creates potential risks with rising longer term rates. 

Bullish
Thermo Fisher rated new Overweight at Morgan Stanley
Mar 06, 2012 | 7:25 AM EST

TMO was initiated with an Overweight rating, Morgan Stanley said. $66 price target. Company can deliver consistent, double-digit annual earnings growth.

Bearish
Vera Bradley downgraded at Keybanc
Mar 06, 2012 | 7:36 AM EST

VRA was downgraded from Buy to Hold, Keybanc said. Valuation call, as the stock is pricing in solid growth prospects.

Bullish
Worthington Industries upgraded at Jefferies
Mar 06, 2012 | 8:08 AM EST

Shares of WOR upgraded to Buy from Hold, Jefferies said. Risk-reward now favorable following underperformance.

Yahoo! rated new Neutral at Nomura
Mar 06, 2012 | 7:53 AM EST

YHOO was initiated with a Neutral rating, Nomura said.  $13.50 price target.  Near term estimates in the struggling core business are achievable. 

Stock Comments / EPS Changes

Adobe price target raised at UBS
Mar 06, 2012 | 7:33 AM EST

ADBE price target increased to $37, according to UBS.  Solid pent up demand for CS6.  Maintain Buy rating.

Bullish
Aeropostale estimates, target boosted at Brean Murray
Mar 06, 2012 | 7:40 AM EST

Shares of ARO now seen reaching $22, according to Brean Murray. Estimates also upped, as business trends appear to be turning around. Buy rating.

Bullish
Capital One numbers raised at KBW
Mar 06, 2012 | 7:17 AM EST

Shares of COF now seen reaching $68, according to Keefe Bruyette & Woods. Estimates also increased, given recent acquisitions. Outperform rating.

Bullish
ConocoPhillips numbers raised at UBS
Mar 06, 2012 | 7:35 AM EST

Shares of COP now seen reaching $64, according to UBS.  Estimates also increased on asset sales and buyback.  Sell rating.

Bullish
Community Health Systems numbers raised at Jefferies
Mar 06, 2012 | 8:12 AM EST

Shares of CYH now seen reaching $22, Jefferies said. Estimates also raised on improving capital structure. Hold rating.

Bullish
Discover Financial numbers upped at Credit Suisse
Mar 06, 2012 | 7:41 AM EST

DFS estimates were boosted through 2014, Credit Suisse said. Credit quality continues to improve. Neutral rating and new $35 price target.

Fastenal estimates, target raised at UBS
Mar 06, 2012 | 7:37 AM EST

Shares of FAST now seen reaching $53, according to UBS.  Estimates also increased on better top line outlook. 

Home Inns & Hotels Management numbers lowered at Oppenheimer
Mar 06, 2012 | 8:03 AM EST

Shares of HMIN now seen reaching $38, Oppenheimer said. Estimates also lowered on growing pressures from inside and outside. Outperform rating.

Littlefuse estimates, target increased at Keybanc
Mar 06, 2012 | 7:37 AM EST

LFUS estimates were raised through 2013, Keybanc said. Company can deliver soild, consistent earnings growth. Buy rating.

Bullish
McDonald's target boosted at Sterne Agee
Mar 06, 2012 | 8:28 AM EST

Shares of MCD now seen reaching $112, according to Sterne Agee. Channel checks suggest better sales across the board. Buy rating.

Bullish
Verifone estimates, target raised at JP Morgan
Mar 06, 2012 | 7:53 AM EST

Shares of PAY now seen reaching $50, according to JP Morgan. Estimates also increased, as solid organic growth is driving margin expansion. Overweight rating.

SVB Financial Group numbers raised at Jefferies
Mar 06, 2012 | 8:15 AM EST

Shares of SIVB now seen reaching $60, Jefferies said. Estimates also raised on positive loan pipelines. Hold rating.

Bullish
Valero Energy estimates raised at Citigroup
Mar 06, 2012 | 7:42 AM EST

VLO estimates increased through 2012, Citigroup said.  Crude glut shift from Cushing to Gulf Coast.  Maintain $31 price target and Buy rating.

Meetings

Update
ISI Industrial Conf.
Mar 06, 2012 | 6:43 AM EST

ISI Industrial Conference - 03/06/12 New York, NY

Update
FL Investor Mtg.
Mar 06, 2012 | 6:41 AM EST

Foot Locker, Inc. Investor Meeting - 9AM

Update
JOY Investor Mtg.
Mar 06, 2012 | 6:41 AM EST

Joy Global Inc. Annual Shareholder Meeting - 8:30AM

Update
Cowen Healthcare Conf.
Mar 06, 2012 | 6:44 AM EST

Cowen Group Health Care Conference (Day 2 of 3) - 03/05/12 - 03/07/12 Boston, MA

QCOM Investor Mtg.
Mar 06, 2012 | 6:42 AM EST

QUALCOMM Inc. Annual Shareholder Meeting - 12:30PM

Update
SWY Investor Mtg.
Mar 06, 2012 | 6:39 AM EST

Safeway Inc. Investor Conference 2012 - 8AM

Update
TAP Analyst Mtg.
Mar 06, 2012 | 6:40 AM EST

Molson Coors Brewing Company Analyst Day - 2PM

Update
Sandler O'Neill Financial Conf.
Mar 06, 2012 | 6:42 AM EST

Sandler O'Neill & Partners West Coast Financial Services Conference (Day 2 of 3) - 03/05/12 - 03/07/12 San Francisco, CA

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