Noble Corp. (NE) was upgraded to Buy at TheStreet Ratings.
Perrigo (PRGO) was initiated with a Buy rating at Stifel Nicolaus. $125 price target. Company is a market leader with good visibility, Stifel Nicolaus said.
Phillips 66 (PSX) was initiated with a Buy rating at Citigroup. $40 price target. Diversified assets levered to U.S. hydrocarbon growth, Citi said.
Quality Systems (QSII) was upgraded at Auriga USA from Hold to Buy. $37 price target. Stock is attractive, following a 25% decline, Auriga USA said.Quality Systems was downgraded at Citigroup to Sell from Neutral. $26 price target. Negative preannouncement reflects longer-term causes for concern. Retail Properties of America (RPAI) was initiated with a Buy rating at Citigroup. $10 price target. Value name in the shopping center REIT space. Sothebys (BID) was downgraded to Hold at TheStreet Ratings. Southern Company (SO) was upgraded at Jefferies to Buy from Hold. $50.50 price target. Valuation is compelling, Jefferies said. Statoil (STO) was upgraded at UBS to Buy from Neutral. $28.98 price target. Improving operational and financial performance, UBS said. Thermo Fisher (TMO) was downgraded at Mizuho from Buy to Neutral. Company is leveraged to lower academic spending, Mizuho said. $55 price target. Wisconsin Energy (WEC) was downgraded at Wells Fargo to Market Perform from Outperform. $38 to $39 price target. Valuation call, Wells Fargo said. Xcel Energy (XEL) was downgraded at Jefferies to Hold from Buy. $29 price target. Valuation has become robust, Jefferies said.
STOCK COMMENTS / EPS CHANGESApple (AAPL) estimates were increased at Sterne Agee through 2013. Supplier checks suggest better iPhone sales, Sterne Agee said. Buy rating and $780 price target. Allstate (ALL) estimates, price target were increased at Credit Suisse. Estimates were raised through 2014. Company has a lot of operating momentum, Credit Suisse said. Outperform rating and new $39 price target. Danaher (DHR) was added to the Top Picks Live! list at Citigroup. High-quality appeal in an increasingly risk-averse market, Citi said. Morgan Stanley was cut from the Focus List at Credit Suisse. Valuation call, Credit Suisse said. Union Pacific (UNP) numbers were boosted at Sterne Agee. Shares are now seen reaching reaching $120. Estimates were also increased, given lower fuel prices, Sterne Agee said. Buy rating. >To submit a news tip, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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