Upgrades & Downgrades

Format: 2015-08-31
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Change in Ratings

ADTRAN downgraded at Think
Mar 16, 2012 | 8:35 AM EDT

ADTN was downgraded to Hold from Buy, ThinkEquity said.  $35 price target. Fairly valued at current levels.   

Bullish
American Tower rated new Outperform at Credit Suisse
Mar 16, 2012 | 8:06 AM EDT

AMT was initiated with an Outperform rating, Credit Suisse said. $75 price target. Market is not pricing in long-term growth potential.

TD Ameritrade downgraded at Deutsche
Mar 16, 2012 | 8:12 AM EDT

AMTD was downgraded from Buy to Hold, Deutsche Bank said. Valuation call, based on a $20 price target.

Bearish
Armstrong World downgraded at Keybanc
Mar 16, 2012 | 7:54 AM EDT

AWI was downgraded from Buy to Hold, Keybanc said. Valuation call, as the stock is already pricing in double-digit EBITDA growth over the next couple of years.

Bearish
Blackrock downgraded at Deutsche
Mar 16, 2012 | 8:14 AM EDT

BLK was downgraded from Buy to Hold, Deutsche Bank said. Valuation call, based on a $210 price target.

Buffalo Wild Wings downgraded at Wedbush
Mar 16, 2012 | 8:20 AM EDT

BWLD was downgraded from Outperform to Neutral, Wedbush said. $90 price tagret. Wing costs remain high.

Update
Crown Castle rated new Neutral at Credit Suisse
Mar 16, 2012 | 8:07 AM EDT

Coverage of CCI was started with a Neutral rating, Credit Suisse said. Valuation call, based on a $54 price target.

Bullish
Coach rated new Buy at Argus
Mar 16, 2012 | 8:17 AM EDT
Coverage of COH was started with a Buy rating, Argus Research said. $90 price target. Company can continue to expand in China.
Bullish
Dana Holding rated new Buy at BofA Merrill
Mar 16, 2012 | 8:37 AM EDT

DAN was initiated with a Buy rating, Bank of America Merrill Lynch said.  $21 price target.  Diversification to help drive success. 

Bearish
Digital Realty Trust downgraded at Jefferies
Mar 16, 2012 | 8:17 AM EDT

Shares of DLR downgraded to Hold from Buy, Jefferies said. $73 price target. Lowered on valuation.

Endo Pharmaceuticals rated new Buy at Cantor
Mar 16, 2012 | 7:57 AM EDT

Coverage of ENDP was started with a Buy rating, Cantor Fitzgerald said. $50 price target. Business is resilient and the company generates solid cash flow.

Bearish
Morgan Stanley downgraded at Deutsche
Mar 16, 2012 | 8:13 AM EDT

MS was downgraded from Buy to Hold, Deutsche Bank said. $22 price target. Macro outlook remains mixed.

Microsoft upgraded at Argus
Mar 16, 2012 | 8:16 AM EDT
MSFT was upgraded from Hold to Buy, Argus Research said. $39 price target. Windows 8 should help the company compete in the tablet market.
Update
Par Pharmaceutical rated new Neutral at JP Morgan
Mar 16, 2012 | 8:42 AM EDT

PRX was initiated with a Neutral rating, JP Morgan said.  $40 price target.  Broadening pipeline and capabilities with recent acquisitions. 

Bullish
Royal Bank of Scotland upgraded at UBS
Mar 16, 2012 | 7:43 AM EDT

RBS was upgraded to Buy from Neutral, UBS said.  $10.19 price target.  Better GDP outlook supports a classic recovery play.

Bearish
Red Hat downgraded at Morgan Stanley
Mar 16, 2012 | 7:35 AM EDT

RHT was downgraded from Overweight to Equal-weight, Morgan Stanley said. Valuation call, as the stock has outperformed by 24% year-to-date.

Bearish
Synovus Financial downgraded at Credit Suisse
Mar 16, 2012 | 7:59 AM EDT

SNV was downgraded from Outperform to Neutral, Credit Suisse said. $2.25 price target. Company trades at a premium to its peers.

Bearish
SXC Health Solutions downgraded at BMO
Mar 16, 2012 | 8:40 AM EDT

SXC was downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform, BMO Capital Markets said.  $75 price target.  Valuation call.

Warner Chilcott rated new Buy at Cantor
Mar 16, 2012 | 7:56 AM EDT

WCRX was initiated with a Buy rating, Cantor Fitzgerald said. $22 price target. Company likely to make a big acquisition in the coming quarters, to help offset higher expected generic competition.

Stock Comments / EPS Changes

Apple numbers raised at Oppenheimer
Mar 16, 2012 | 8:24 AM EDT

Shares of AAPL now seen reaching $700, Oppenheimer said. Estimates also raised on strong iPad demand. Outperform rating.

Apple estimates, target raised at UBS
Mar 16, 2012 | 7:45 AM EDT

Shares of AAPL now seen reaching $675, according to UBS.  Estimates also increased on better iPhone expectations. Buy rating.

Adtran estimates, target cut at Credit Suisse
Mar 16, 2012 | 8:00 AM EDT

Shares of ADTN now seen reaching $25, according to Credit Suisse. Estimates also reduced, given a slower start to usual seasonal buying. Neutral rating.

Broadcom estimates increased at JMP
Mar 16, 2012 | 8:11 AM EDT

BRCM estimates were raised through 2013, JMP Securities said. Company appears to have gained market share in the iPhone. Market Outperform rating and $42 price target.

Bullish
CBS estimates, target increased at UBS
Mar 16, 2012 | 7:49 AM EDT

Shares of CBS now seen reaching $35, according to UBS.  Estimates also increased as syndication/SVOD sales continue to drive earnings growth.  Buy rating.

Bullish
China Mobile Limited target raised at Jefferies
Mar 16, 2012 | 8:19 AM EDT

Shares of CHL now seen reaching $58, Jefferies said. All eyes on TD-LTE pilot network. Hold rating.

Bullish
Coach estimates, target increased at Credit Suisse
Mar 16, 2012 | 8:27 AM EDT

COH estimates were raised through 2014, Credit Suisse said. Sales are ramping for Men's products and in Asia. Outperform rating and new $83 price target.

Bullish
Salesforce.com target raised at Pacific Crest
Mar 16, 2012 | 8:09 AM EDT

Shares of CRM now seen reaching $200, according to Pacific Crest. Social enterprise momentum is accelerating. Outperform rating.

Bearish
Cablevision target lowered at Morgan Stanley
Mar 16, 2012 | 7:36 AM EDT

Shares of CVC now seen reaching $15, according to Morgan Stanley. Company is spending more and not raising prices. Underweight rating.

Bullish
Discover Financial numbers raised at KBW
Mar 16, 2012 | 7:34 AM EDT

Shares of DFS now seen reaching $37, according to Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. Estimates also increased, given better credit quality. Outperform rating.

Bearish
General Motors target lowered at Jefferies
Mar 16, 2012 | 8:22 AM EDT

Shares of GM now seen reaching $29, Jefferies said. Progress, albeit incremental. Hold rating.

Bullish
Kraft Foods target raised at Citigroup
Mar 16, 2012 | 7:59 AM EDT

KFT target increased to $46, Citigroup said.  Upcoming split will create value.  Buy rating.

Bullish
Lear added to Conviction Buy List at Goldman
Mar 16, 2012 | 8:22 AM EDT

LEA was placed on the Conviction Buy list, according to Goldman Sachs. Company will likely see margin expansion. New $60 price target.

Priceline.com target boosted at Morgan Stanley
Mar 16, 2012 | 7:39 AM EDT

Shares of PCLN now seen reaching $775, according to Morgan Stanley. Company can gain market share in Europe. Overweight rating.

Bullish
Transocean numebrs raised at Citigroup
Mar 16, 2012 | 8:04 AM EDT

Shares of RIG now seen reaching $65, according to Citigroup.  Estimates also increased to reflect improving floater market.  Buy rating.

Bullish
Stanley Black & Decker target raised at UBS
Mar 16, 2012 | 7:53 AM EDT

SWK now seen reaching $89, according to UBS.  Estimates also increased as recent data indicates improving activity.  Buy rating.

Bearish
Tiffany estimates reduced at Sterne Agee
Mar 16, 2012 | 8:24 AM EDT

TIF estimates were cut through 2013, Sterne Agee said. Company is seeing slower growth. Buy rating and $77 price target.

Bullish
United Technology numbers raised at Oppenheimer
Mar 16, 2012 | 8:29 AM EDT

Shares of UTX now seen reaching $100, Oppenheimer said. Estimates also raised on long-term optimism from analyst day. Outperform rating.

Strategy Calls / Market Calls

Bullish
S&P 500 target upped at Credit Suisse
Mar 16, 2012 | 8:25 AM EDT

SPX now seen reachng 1,470, Credit Suisse said. Stocks appear more attractive than bonds at current levels.

Economics

Update
CPI
Mar 16, 2012 | 6:35 AM EDT

8:30am: CPI (M/m), Feb., est. 0.4% (prior 0.2%)

Update
Industrial Production
Mar 16, 2012 | 6:35 AM EDT

9:15am: Industrial Production, Feb., est. 0.4% (prior 0.0%)

Update
Capacity Utilization
Mar 16, 2012 | 6:36 AM EDT

9:15am: Capacity Utilization, Feb., est. 78.8% (prior 78.5%)

Update
U. of Michigan Consumer Conf.
Mar 16, 2012 | 6:38 AM EDT

9:55am: U. Michigan Consumer, Mar P, est. 76.0 (prior 75.3)

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