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Civil and defense airplane manufacturer Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica (ERJ - Get Report) has been downgraded to a sell from a buy. Net income decreased 59.9% in the first quarter of 2007 compared with the same period last year. While its share price has jumped 52.9% from its closing price one year ago, the sharp appreciation is one of the factors that should prompt investors to seek better opportunities elsewhere.
The company saw a steep EPS decline in the first quarter of 2007 compared with the same quarter in 2006 -- a trend that has been going on for the past two years. Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica had been rated a buy since October 2006.Nationshealth (NHRX) provides medical products and prescription-related services to Medicare and managed-care beneficiaries. It has been downgraded to a sell from a hold. Despite that the share price has gone down 45.2% in the past year, the stock is still more expensive (when compared with current earnings) than most other companies in its industry.