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Potash: Analysts' Upgrades, Downgrades

Stocks in this article: AAPLPOTCIT

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- CHANGE IN RATINGS

Apple (AAPL) coverage assumed at JMP Securities with an Outperform rating.

ABB Ltd (ABB) downgraded at Deutsche to Hold from Buy.

AnnTaylor (ANN) initiated at MKM Partners with a Buy rating and $21 price target. Company is a classic retail turnaround story.

Babcock & Wilcox (BWC) initiated at KeyBanc with a Buy rating and $28 price target. Long-term E&C play on the power sector and one of the few E&C companies that owns and develops its own proprietary technologies.

CIT Group (CIT) initiated at Barclays with an Overweight rating and $46 price target. CIT has one of the cleanest book values of any publicly traded finance company, Barclays said.

Cree (CREE) resumed at Kaufman Bros with a Hold rating and $58 price target. Technology leader in their space and a pure-play on the growth in the LED market.

Koppers Holdings (KOP) resumed at KeyBanc with a Buy rating and $28 price target. Solid earnings growth, entrenched market position, and a healthy balance sheet.

Potash (POT) downgraded at BMO Capital to Market Perform from Outperform.

Saks (SKS) downgraded at JP Morgan to Neutral from Overweight.

Stereotaxis (STXS) initiated at Madison Williams with a Buy rating.

Teekay Offshore Partners (TOO) upgraded at Citi to Buy from Hold as shuttle tankers gain steam and acquisitions offered. Price target surged to $26 from $15.

Vecco Instruments (VECO) initiated at Kaufman with a Buy rating and $56 price target. Metrology sale and strong rev growth in 2010 and 2011 both positive for earnings, Kaufman said.

STOCK COMMENTS / EPS CHANGES

Constellation Energy (CEG) price target trimmed at Citi by a dollar to $33 due to lower fossil fuel power hedges and conversely higher hedged coal prices. Reiterate Hold rating.

Dollar General (DG) estimates boosted at Citi. DG 2011 and 2012 EPS estimates increased to $1.74 and $2.08, respectively. Strong 2Q10 results driven by operating margin improvement. Maintain Buy rating.

Dollar General (DG) estimate raised at Barclays. DG 2010 EPS estimate increased 4 cents to $1.79, 2011 held at $2.22. DG is improving its merchandise offering, boosting its gross margin, and controlling expenses. Reiterate Overweight rating.

FormFactor (FORM) target, estimates cut at Citi. FORM price target dropped to $15 from $18 as 3Q10 results came up short of expectations. 2010 and 2011 EPS estimates lowered to -$2.28 and -$0.51, respectively. Maintain Buy rating.

O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY) 2010 estimate lifted at Barclays by a penny to $2.86. O'Reilly's sales outlook remains quite favorable and this should continue for an extended period. Maintain Overweight rating.

Winn-Dixie Stores (WINN) price target cut at Barclays. WINN price target sunk to $8 from $14 on disappointing 4Q10 results. Maintain Overweight rating.

This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.

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