Upgrades & Downgrades

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Change in Ratings

Apollo Investment rated new Buy at UBS
Feb 28, 2013 | 8:05 AM EST

AINV was initiated with a Buy rating, UBS said. $10 price target. Still a cut above other BDCs.

Axiall rated new Neutral at Citi
Feb 28, 2013 | 8:14 AM EST

AXLL was initiated with a Neutral rating, Citigroup said. $60 price target. Valuation call, as the stock is already up 35% year-to-date. 

Charter Communications rated new Neutral at Nomura
Feb 28, 2013 | 7:43 AM EST

CHTR was initiated with a Neutral rating, Nomura said. Valuation call, based on an $85 price target. 

eBay rated new Outperform at BMO
Feb 28, 2013 | 8:01 AM EST

Coverage of EBAY was started with an Outperform rating, BMO Capital said. $64 price target. Company should continue to deliver solid growth. 

Bullish
Edison upgraded at BMO
Feb 28, 2013 | 8:00 AM EST

EIX was upgraded from Market Perform to Outperform, BMO Capital said. $56 price target. Company is seeing higher rates and cutting CapEx spending.

Groupon downgraded at Wells
Feb 28, 2013 | 8:02 AM EST

GRPN was downgraded to Market Perform, Wells Fargo said. Company's business model is changing for the worse. 

Groupon downgraded at BofA/Merrill
Feb 28, 2013 | 7:38 AM EST

GRPN was downgraded to Underperform, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. $4.20 price target. Company is realizing lower margins. 

Bearish
Heico downgraded at BofA/Merrill
Feb 28, 2013 | 7:39 AM EST

HEI was downgraded from Buy to Neutral, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch said. $47 price target. Estimates also cut, as the company is seeing lower margins. 

Bearish
OGE Energy downgraded at Jefferies
Feb 28, 2013 | 7:41 AM EST

OGE was downgraded from Buy to Hold, Jefferies said. $59 price target. Management cut its volume guidance. 

Riverbed downgraded at Sterne Agee
Feb 28, 2013 | 7:40 AM EST

RVBD was downgraded from Buy to Neutral, Sterne Agee said. CFO is stepping down, which adds risk to the model. 

Bearish
Boston Beer downgraded at Williams
Feb 28, 2013 | 7:55 AM EST

SAM was downgraded from Outperform to Perform, Williams Capital said. Valuation call, based on a $160 price target. 

 

Bearish
Saks downgraded at Morgan Stanley
Feb 28, 2013 | 7:42 AM EST

SKS was downgraded from Equal-weight to Underweight, Morgan Stanley said. $10 price target. Company is seeing higher operating costs. 

Update
VMWare rated new Hold at Stifel
Feb 28, 2013 | 8:23 AM EST

VMW was initiated with a Hold rating, Stifel Nicolaus said. 2013 will likely be a transition year for the company. 

Bearish
Vitamin Shoppe downgraded at BofA/Merrill
Feb 28, 2013 | 7:37 AM EST

VSI was downgraded from Buy to Neutral, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch said. $55 price target. Company may be facing increased competition. 

Bearish
Whiting Petroleum downgraded at UBS
Feb 28, 2013 | 8:03 AM EST

WLL was downgraded to Neutral from Buy, UBS said. $51 price target. Disappointing capex. 

Stock Comments / EPS Changes

Biogen Idec numbers boosted at BofA/Merrill
Feb 28, 2013 | 8:16 AM EST

Shares of BIIB now seen reaching $177, according to Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. Estimates also upped, given higher expect multiple sclerosis sales. Neutral rating. 

Express Scripts numbers upped at Citi
Feb 28, 2013 | 8:17 AM EST

ESRX estimates were boosted through 2014, Citigroup said. Company is keeping a tight lid on costs. Buy rating and new $64 price target. 

Bearish
JC Penney numbers reduced at Citi
Feb 28, 2013 | 8:20 AM EST

Shares of JCP now seen reaching $22, according to Citigroup. Estimates also cut, as lower sales continue to cut into margins. Buy rating. 

Bullish
Range Resources numbers raised at BMO
Feb 28, 2013 | 7:58 AM EST

Shares of RRC now seen reaching $84, according to BMO Capital. Estimates also increased, as the company is realizing higher production growth. Outperform rating. 

Sunpower estimates, target upped at Citi
Feb 28, 2013 | 8:19 AM EST

SPWR was boosted through 2014, Citigroup said. Company should see growth through Japan and joint ventures. Buy rating and new $16 price target. 

Verisk Analytics numbers increased at Credit Suisse
Feb 28, 2013 | 8:03 AM EST

VRSK estimates were raised through 2014, Credit Suisse said. Revenue growth continues to accelerate. Outperform rating and new $63 price target. 

Economics

Update
GDP
Feb 28, 2013 | 6:23 AM EST

8:30am: GDP Q/q, 4Q revision, est. 0.5% (prior -0.1%)

Update
Personal Consumption
Feb 28, 2013 | 6:24 AM EST

8:30am: Personal Consumption, 4Q revision, est. 2.3%

Update
Core PCE
Feb 28, 2013 | 6:25 AM EST

8:30am: Core PCE Q/q, 4Q revision est. 0.9% (prior 0.9%)

Update
Initial Jobless Claims
Feb 28, 2013 | 6:25 AM EST

8:30am: Init. Jobless Claims, Feb. 24 est. 360k (prior 362k)

Update
NAPM- Milwaukee
Feb 28, 2013 | 6:26 AM EST

9am: NAPM-Milwaukee, Feb., est. 52.0 (prior 51.3)

Update
Chicago PMI
Feb 28, 2013 | 6:26 AM EST

* 9:45am: Chicago Purchasing Mgr, Feb., est. 54.0 (prior 55.6)

Update
KC Fed Mfg.
Feb 28, 2013 | 6:27 AM EST

11am: Kansas City Fed Manf. Activ., Feb., est. -1 (prior -2)

Meetings

Update
ABC Investor Mtg.
Feb 28, 2013 | 6:52 AM EST

AmerisourceBergen Annual Shareholder Meeting - 2PM

Update
BofA/Merrill Ag Conf.
Feb 28, 2013 | 6:54 AM EST

Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Agriculture Conference (Day 2 of 2) - 02/27/13 - 02/28/13 Miami, FL

Update
COP Analyst Mtg.
Feb 28, 2013 | 6:49 AM EST

 ConocoPhillips Analyst Meeting - 8:30AM New York

Update
DUK Analyst Mtg.
Feb 28, 2013 | 6:50 AM EST

 Duke Energy Corporation Investor and Analyst Meeting - 8:30AM New York, NY

Morgan Stanley Tech/Media Conf.
Feb 28, 2013 | 6:53 AM EST

Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference (Day 4 of 4) - 02/25/13 - 02/28/13 San Francisco, CA

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