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Apple: Analysts' Upgrades, Downgrades

Stocks in this article: AAPL TJX WMT


Berry Petroleum (BRY) initiated at JP Morgan. Initiated with an Overweight rating and $40.50 price target. Introduces 2010 EPS estimates of $4.96.

Cheesecake Factory (CAKE) upgraded at Baird from Neutral to Outperform. $32 price target. Company is seeing better sales and traffic trends.

Clear Channel Outdoor (CCO) upgraded at Piper Jaffray. Rating raised to Neutral from Underweight. Price target raised to $12 from $6. 2010 EPS estimates lowered to -$0.11 from -$0.04.

Dean Foods (DF) downgraded at UBS from Buy to Neutral. $11 price target. Estimates also lowered, given pricing pressures in the milk market.

Electronic Arts (ERTS) upgraded at MKM from Sell to Neutral. Company is turning the business around and seeing better sales from its new titles.

Legg Mason (LM) upgraded at BofA/Merrill to Neutral from Underperform on cost savings, large buyback and better flows. Price target maintained at $31.

Nektar Therapeutics (NKTR) downgraded at Barclays to Equal Weight from Overweight on valuation. Maintain $14 price target.

MetroPCS (PCS) upgraded at Deutsche from Hold to Buy. $14 price target. New plans should drive subscriber growth.

Petsmart (PETM) rated new Buy at Jefferies. $39 price target. Company should benefit from a resurgence in discretionary spending.

Primerica (PRI) rated new Neutral at UBS. PRI was initiated with a Neutral rating. $27 price target. Company can deliver double-digit earnings growth by 2012, but faces compliance issues.

SS&C Technologies (SSNC) rated new Buy at Deutsche Bank. $19 price target. Industry trends are improving and organic growth could accelerate.

St Jude Medical (STJ) upgraded at Piper Jaffray to Overweight from Neutral. Maintains $44 price target and 2010 EPS estimates of $2.84.

Talbots (TLB) initiated at Barclays with an Overweight rating and $23 price target. Sales are recovering broadly and the TLB story is just getting started.

Tyson Foods (TSN) estimates increased at Morgan Stanley through 2011. Protein market is improving and the company is seeing better operating efficiency. Equal-weight rating.

Tyson Foods (TSN) downgraded at Credit Suisse to Neutral from Outperform. Valuation call. Price target lowered to $21 from $23.


Apple (AAPL) estimates, target raised at Kaufman. Shares of AAPL now seen reaching $320. Estimates also increased, given higher expected Mac and iPad sales. Buy rating.

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