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Apple: Analysts' Upgrades, Downgrades

Stocks in this article: AAPL BRC CAH


Apple (AAPL) upgraded at JMP from Market Perform to Outperform. $200 price target. Estimates also raised to reflect expected growth from new devices and markets.

Brady (BRC) upgraded at Keybanc from Hold to Buy. $36 price target. Company is positioned well to gain market share and grow earnings in an economic rebound.

Cardinal Health (CAH) downgraded at Oppenheimer to Perform. $29 price target. Valuation call, as the stock is already pricing in a potential turnaround.

Electronic Arts (ERTS) downgraded at Goldman to Neutral from Buy. Estimates are now below consensus, as the company's turnaround could now take longer than expected. $21 price target.

iPods Through The Ages

First Solar (FSLR) rated new Sector Perform at RBC Capital. $150 price target. Company is positioned well, but there is currently too much industry supply.

Illinois Tool Works (ITW) downgraded at Merrill/BofA to Underperform from Neutral on unattractive valuation. 2009 and 2010 EPS estimates set at $1.60 and $2.30, respectively. Price target raised to $40 from $37.

Jetblue (JBLU) downgraded at JP Morgan. Rating lowered to Neutral from Overweight. Price target raised to $9.50 from $7.00. Raises 2009 EPS estimates to $0.24 from $0.20.

Las Vegas Sands (LVS) rated new Sell at Citigroup. $13 price target. Stock looks fully priced ahead of a Macau spin-off. Company also likely to lose market share to CityCenter.

MSC Industrial Direct Co. (MSC) upgraded at Merrill/BofA to Buy from Underperform noting MSC offers a leveraged way to play economic recovery. 2009 and 2010 EPS estimates increased to $1.97 and $1.80, respectively. Price target surged to $54 from $26.

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