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Centene(CNC - Get Report) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies. Estimates also lowered on risk in the initial 2013 guidance. Hold rating.
Duke Energy(DUK - Get Report) was upgraded from Hold to Buy at Deutsche Bank with a $69 price target. Yield continues to look favorable in a low interest rate environment.
Exelis(ELS) was initiated with a Neutral rating and $12 price target at Credit Suisse. Sales will likely bottom out before its peers.
First Energy(FE - Get Report) was downgraded from Buy to Hold at Deutsche Bank with a $43 price target. P/E ratio remains relatively high.
HCA(HCA) was initiated with an Overweight rating at JP Morgan with a $39 price target. Company is leveraged to industry reform.
Hewlett-Packard(HPQ - Get Report) was downgraded to Sell at Topeka Capital with an $11.50 price target. Valuation call, as the stock is up 31% over the past month.
Kansas City Southern(KSU) was downgraded from Outperform to Market Perform at FBR Capital Markets with a $75 price target. Company is leveraged to lower coal and grain demand.
Raymond James Financial(RJF) was initiated with a Buy rating at Citigroup with a $44 price target. A B/D that doesn't need rising rates to work.
Tenet Healthcare(TCH) was started with an Overweight rating and new $41 price target at JP Morgan. Company will likely buy back more stock.
Trimble(TRMB) was downgraded to Neutral at Lazard. Company no longer trades at a discount to its peers.
Tesla Motors(TSLA - Get Report) was initiated with a Neutral rating at JP Morgan. Valuation call, based on a $37 price target.
Woodward(WWD) was downgraded from Outperform to Neutral at Credit Suisse with a $39 price target. Organic growth is slowin and the company lacks near-term visibility.
STOCK COMMENTS / EPS CHANGES
Axis Capital(AXS) estimates lowered through 2012 at UBS. Sandy loss larger than expected. Buy rating and $40 price target.
ConAgra Foods(CAG) numbers raised at Citigroup. Shares of CAG now seen reaching $35, Citigroup said. Estimates also increased as volume trends improving. Buy rating.
Carter's(CRI) numbers raised at Citigroup. Shares of CRI now seen reaching $64, Citigroup said. Estimates also increased as supply chain restructuring an underestimated catalyst for 2013. Buy rating.
Halliburton(HAL) numbers lowered at Jefferies. Shares of HAL now seen reaching $42, Jefferies said. Estimates also lowered on North American conservatism. Buy rating.
Principal Financial(PFG) was placed on the US 1 list at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch said. Company offers value with low earnings risk. Buy rating and $38 price target.