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Cracker Barrel (CBRL) downgraded at Keybanc from Buy to Hold, Keybanc said. Company is leveraged to rising commodity costs.
CF Industries (CF) upgraded at JP Morgan from Neutral to Overweight, JP Morgan said. $253 price target. Supply/demand fundamentals should improve.
Comerica (CMA) downgraded at Stifel from Hold to Sell, Stifel Nicolaus said. Company lacks near-term catalysts.CME Group (CME - Get Report) downgraded at JP Morgan from Neutral to Underweight, JP Morgan said. Volumes continue to fall and the company trades at a lofty valuation. Cognizant (CTSH) rated new Neutral at Credit Suisse. $75 price target. Company has exposure to the financial services industry and its customers may spend less of discretionary purchases. Quest Diagnostics (DGX - Get Report) downgraded at Credit Suisse from Outperform to Neutral, Credit Suisse said. $67 price target. New analyst believes that the risk/reward is balanced at current levels. HollyFrontier (HFC) upgraded at Wells from Market Perform to Outperform, Wells Fargo said. Crack spreads are improving across the board. Knight Transportation (KNX - Get Report) downgraded at Citigroup to Neutral from Buy, Citigroup said. $16 price target. Structural cost headwinds and a softening freight environment. LPL Financial (LPLA) downgraded at UBS to Sell from Neutral, UBS said. $25 price target. Tough environment persists while scrutiny increases. MRC Global (MRC) rated new Buy at Keybanc. $29 price target. Company is a market leader with multiple secular growth drivers. Children's Place (PLCE - Get Report) rated new Buy at Citigroup. $71 price target. Return to positive sales comps. Transocean (RIG - Get Report) downgraded at Guggenheim from Buy to Neutral, Guggenheim said. $50 price target. Company is facing higher Macondo costs and will likely raise less from asset sales. Splunk (SPLK) rated new Buy at Needham. $42 price target. Company has multiple potential growth drivers. Westamerica Bancorp (WABC) downgraded at KBW from Outperform to Market Perform, Keefe, & Woods said. $50 price target. Company faces net interest margin pressure. Western Digital (WDC) downgraded at FBN from Outperform to Sector Perform, FBN Securities said. $45 price target. Company cut its guidance, given lower PC demand. Werner (WERN) downgraded at JP Morgan from Overweight to Neutral, JP Morgan said. $24 price target. Company is seeing lower demand and rising fuel costs. Werner downgraded at Wells from Outperform to Market Perform, Wells Fargo said. Cost headwinds will be worse than expected. Werner downgraded at Citigroup to Neutral from Buy, Citigroup said. $24 price target. Lackluster freight volumes and longer term margin pressures.
STOCK COMMENTS / EPS CHANGESCovidien (COV) numbers raised at Jefferies. Shares of COV now seen reaching $66, Jefferies said. Estimates also raised as COV stays ahead of the pack. Buy rating. Canadian Pacific (CP) numbers raised at Citigroup. Shares of CP now seen reaching $100, Citigroup said. Estimates also increased on energy strength. Buy rating. Cooper Tire (CTB) numbers upped at Keybanc. CTB estimates were boosted through 2013, Keybanc said. Company is seeing higher volumes, stable pricing and lower input costs. Buy rating and new $24 price target. Equinix (EQIX) target raised at Jefferies to $250, Jefferies said. Officially announces conversion attempt. Buy rating. Exelon (EXC) target lowered at Jefferies to $39, Jefferies said. Earnings can support dividend through trough years. Buy rating. Macquarie Infrastructure (MIC) target raised at Oppenheimer to $48, Oppenheimer said. Fundamentals are strong and dividend could increase. Outperform rating. Monster Beverage (MNST) target cut at Citigroup to $68, Citigroup said. Slower growth and energy drink controversies. Neutral rating. Oracle (ORCL) target boosted at BMO to $33, according to BMO Capital. Expect the company to deliver solid results next week. Market Perform rating. Pall (PLL) numbers raised at Jefferies. Shares of PLL now seen reaching $58, Jefferies said. Estimates also raised on 2013 EPS outlook. Hold rating. Suntrust (STI) estimates, target raised at Credit Suisse. Shares of STI now seen reaching $32, according to Credit Suisse. Estimates also increased, given lower expected costs. Outperform rating. Triumph (TGI) estimates, target increased at Credit Suisse. TGI estimates were raised through 2014, Credit Suisse said. Company was also added to the Focus List, as margins can continue to improve. Outperform rating and new $79 price target. Verizon (VZ) estimates cut at Bernstein through 2013, Bernstein said. Expect higher subsidies for the iPhone 5. Underweight rating and $33 price target. Woodward (WWD) estimates, target cut at Credit Suisse. Shares of WWD now seen reaching $43, according to Credit Suisse. Estimates also reduced, given slower expected organic growth. Outperform rating.
STRATEGY CALLS / MARKET CALLSS&P 500 (SPX)target increased at JP Morgan. SPX target was raised to 1,495, JP Morgan said. Equity markets are melting up, but still hold attractive relative value. >To submit a news tip, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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