Halliburton (HAL) reinstated at BofA/Merrill with a Buy rating and $43 price target. Bank of America/Merrill Lynch noted growing international demand.
Itron (ITRI) upgraded at Needham from Hold to Buy. $69 price target. Company is positioned well to grow in 2010.
Itron (ITRI) price target cut at BofA/Merrill. ITRI price target lowered to $75 from $80. Estimates reduced through 2012. Maintain Buy rating.
National Oilwell Varco (NOV) reinstated at BofA/Merrill with a Buy rating and $51 price target. Bank of America/Merrill Lynch noted a recovery in the services business.NetApp (NTAP) estimates, target increased at Goldman. Shares of NTAP now seen reaching $38. Estimates also boosted, as the company is seeing higher sales. Neutral rating. Nucor (NUE) upgraded at BofA/Merrill to Neutral from Underperform on valuation and higher steel prices. Price target jumped to $50, 2010 EPS estimate improved to $2. Protective Life (PL) downgraded at Sterne Agee from Buy to Neutral. $21 price target. Core Life Marketing segment remains under pressure. VMWare (VMW) rated new Buy at UBS. $54 price target. Company should benefit from reinvestment in datacenter projects. Watsco (WSO) downgraded at Keybanc from Buy to Hold. Valuation call. Watsco (WSO) estimates, target upped at Morgan Stanley. WSO estimates were increased through 2011. Company continues to grow its margins. Overweight rating and new $65 price target.
STOCK COMMENTS / EPS CHANGESAdvanced Auto Parts (AAP) forecasts reduced at Credit Suisse. AAP 2010 and 2011 EPS estimates lowered to $3.30 and $3.80, respectively. Maintain Outperform rating and $48 price target.
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