Upgrades & Downgrades

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Change in Ratings

Bullish
Amerigroup upgraded at BMO
Jun 18, 2012 | 7:38 AM EDT

AGP was upgraded from Market Perform to Outperform, BMO Capital said. $70 price target. Valuation call, as the stock is down 10% from its highs. 

Beam rated new Equal-weight at Morgan Stanley
Jun 18, 2012 | 6:18 AM EDT

Coverage of BEAM was started with an Equal-weight rating, Morgan Stanley said. Valuation call, as the stock is trading at all-time highs. 

eBay rated new Outperform at KBW
Jun 18, 2012 | 6:14 AM EDT

EBAY was initiated with an Outperform rating, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods said. $50 price target. Company should continue to drive e-commerce industry growth.

Bullish
EOG Resources upgraded at UBS
Jun 18, 2012 | 7:48 AM EDT

EOG was upgraded to Buy from Neutral, UBS said. $120 price target. Pullback provides opportunity to buy high quality transition to oil E&P.

Bullish
GenOn upgraded at Morgan Stanley
Jun 18, 2012 | 6:22 AM EDT

GEN was upgraded from Underweight to Equal-weight, Morgan Stanley said. $1.40 price target. Valuation call, as the stock is down 49% year-to-date. 

Groupon upgraded at Morgan Stanley
Jun 18, 2012 | 6:16 AM EDT

GRPN was upgraded from Equal-weight to Overweight, Morgan Stanley said. $18 price target. Sales growth is accelerating in North America and the company is expanding margins. 

Bearish
HollyFrontier downgraded at Howard Weill
Jun 18, 2012 | 8:32 AM EDT

HFC was downgraded from Outperform to Market Perform, Howard Weill said. Valuation call, based on a $34 price target. 

Bearish
Huntsman downgraded at Keybanc
Jun 18, 2012 | 6:51 AM EDT

HUN was downgraded from Buy to Hold, Keybanc said. Company is exposed to slower growth in Europe and China. 

Bullish
Oasis Petroleum upgraded at UBS
Jun 18, 2012 | 7:46 AM EDT

OAS was upgraded to Buy from Neutral, UBS said. $34 price target. Recent pullback offers attractive opportunity.

Bullish
VeriFone upgraded at UBS
Jun 18, 2012 | 7:54 AM EDT

PAY was upgraded to Buy from Neutral, UBS said. $37 price target. Long term concerns, but intact secular opportunity.

Bullish
Pioneer Natural Resources upgraded at UBS
Jun 18, 2012 | 7:50 AM EDT

PXD was upgraded to Buy from Neutral, UBS said. $118 price target. Pullback provides opportunity to buy high growth oil levered E&P.

Qlik Technologies upgraded at Drexel Hamilton
Jun 18, 2012 | 8:14 AM EDT

QLIK was upgraded from Hold to Buy, Drexel Hamilton said. $30 price target. Expressor acquisition should augment growth. 

Rambus downgraded at JP Morgan
Jun 18, 2012 | 7:06 AM EDT

RMBS was downgraded from to Neutral, JP Morgan said. Valuation call, as the stock is up 45% over the past month. 

Tractor Supply downgraded at Keybanc
Jun 18, 2012 | 6:50 AM EDT

TSCO was downgraded from Buy to Hold, Keybanc said. Valuation call, as the stock is up 25% year-to-date. 

Bullish
UIL upgraded at BofA/Merrill
Jun 18, 2012 | 7:59 AM EDT

UIL was upgraded from Underperform to Buy, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch said. Valuation call, based on a $38 price target. 

Stock Comments / EPS Changes

Bearish
FedEx estimates reduced Deutsche
Jun 18, 2012 | 6:46 AM EDT

FDX estimates were cut through 2013, Deutsche Bank said. Company has accelerated the depreciation and amortization of its aircraft fleet. Buy rating and $123 price target. 

F5 Networks estimates reduced at Wells
Jun 18, 2012 | 6:48 AM EDT

FFIV estimates were cut through 2013, Wells Fargo said. Macro concerns may cut into customer demand. Outperform rating. 

Bearish
Kroger numbers lowered at Jefferies
Jun 18, 2012 | 8:09 AM EDT

Shares of KR now seen reaching $25, Jefferies said. Estimates also lowered on questionable operating performance. Hold rating.

Liquidity Services numbers raised at Oppenheimer
Jun 18, 2012 | 8:15 AM EDT

Shares of LQDT now seen reaching $75, Oppenheimer said. Estimates also raised as GSS is trending above guidance.

Bullish
Philip Morris estimates increased at Morgan Stanley
Jun 18, 2012 | 6:17 AM EDT

PM estimates were raised through 2014, Morgan Stanley said. Pricing remains solid and the company is buying back more shares. Overweight rating and $90 price target. 

Bearish
Rackspace estimates, target cut at Benchmark
Jun 18, 2012 | 6:44 AM EDT

RAX estimates were reduced through 2013, Benchmark said. Cloud computing growth could slow in the near term. Buy rating and new $63 price target. 

Bullish
Sprint Nextel estimates raised at Citigroup
Jun 18, 2012 | 7:28 AM EDT

S estimates increased through 2012, Citigroup said. Improvement in on hand cash liquidity and prospects to grow core CDMA revenue. Buy rating and $6 price target.

Starbucks estimates, target cut at BMO
Jun 18, 2012 | 7:37 AM EDT

Shares of SBUX now seen reaching $65, according to BMO Capital. Estimates also cut, as the recent acquisition should hurt earnings. Outperform rating. 

Bearish
Safeway numbers reduced at Goldman
Jun 18, 2012 | 6:40 AM EDT

Shares of SWY now seen reaching $17, according to Goldman Sachs. Estimates also cut, as the company is buying back more debt instead of stock. Sell rating. 

Bearish
United States Steel target lowered at Jefferies
Jun 18, 2012 | 8:12 AM EDT

Shares of X now seen reaching $22, Jefferies said. Cut on reduced price and demand forecast. Hold rating.

Olympic Steel target lowered at Jefferies
Jun 18, 2012 | 8:11 AM EDT

Shares of ZEUS now seen reaching $25, Jefferies said. Cut on reduced price and demand forecast. Buy rating.

Economics

Update
NAHB Housing Index
Jun 18, 2012 | 5:53 AM EDT

10am: NAHB Housing Market Index, June, est. 28 (prior 29)

Meetings

BIO International Conf.
Jun 18, 2012 | 6:09 AM EDT

Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) International Convention (Day 1 of 4) - 06/18/12 - 06/21/12 Boston, MA

Update
DHR Analyst Mtg.
Jun 18, 2012 | 6:09 AM EDT

Danaher Analyst Meeting - 12PM Concord, Ontario, CA

Jefferies Consumer Conf.
Jun 18, 2012 | 6:10 AM EDT

Jefferies Group, Inc. Global Consumer Conference (Day 1 of 3) - 06/18/12 - 06/20/12 Nantucket, MA

Update
MAR Analyst Mtg.
Jun 18, 2012 | 6:08 AM EDT

Marriott International Investor And Security Analyst Meeting - 7:30PM Beijing, CN

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