NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- CHANGE IN RATINGS
Advance Auto Parts (AAP) coverage was resumed at Bank of America with a neutral rating. $78 price target. Buyout unlikely in near term, Bank of America said.
Apache (APA) was downgraded at Deutsche Bank to hold from buy. $90 price target. Operating trends moving in the wrong direction, Deutsche said.
athenahealth (ATHN) was upgraded at Sterne Agee to neutral from underperform. $72 price target. Confidence following investor day, Sterne Agee said.Best Buy (BBY) was downgraded at Bank of America to underperform from no rating. $9 price target. Trading on fundamentals, Bank of America said.
Carlisle Companies (CSL) was upgraded at KeyBanc to buy from hold. $74 price target. Upside catalyzed by M&A activity, KeyBanc said. Chimera Investment (CIM) upgraded to buy at TheStreet Ratings. Esterline Technologies (ESL) upgraded to buy at TheStreet Ratings. Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) coverage was reinstated at Bank of America with a neutral rating. $39 price target. Transformational but dilutive deal, BofA said. MDU Resources (MDU) was upgraded at Citigroup to buy from neutral. $29 price target. Breakup to unlock value, Citi said. Noble Energy (NBL) was downgraded at Sterne Agee to neutral from buy. $109 price target. Growth is priced into shares, Sterne Agee said. Quanta Services (PWR) was initiated with a buy rating at Deutsche Bank. $31 price target. Bullish on longer-term growth prospects, Deutsche said.
SM Energy (SM) was downgraded at Deutsche Bank to hold from buy. $62 price target. Less conviction in 2013 outlook, Deutsche said. TripAdvisor (TRIP) was upgraded at Deutsche Bank to buy from hold. $50 price target. Will benefit from increasing competition in the OTA space, Deutsche said. Ultra Petroleum (UPL) was upgraded at Sterne Agee to neutral from underperform. $20 price target. Confidence in ability to weather challenging operating environment, Sterne Agee said.
STOCK COMMENTS / EPS CHANGESApple (AAPL) price target was lowered at Jefferies to $800. Fiscal 2014 could see negative margin leverage leading to multiple compression, Jefferies said. Buy rating. AIG (AIG) numbers were cut at UBS. Shares are now seen reaching $35. Estimates were also lowered as Sandy losses were twice our estimate, UBS said. Neutral rating. Fastenal (FAST) estimates were cut at UBS through 2013. End-market pressures, UBS said. Neutral rating and $45 price target.
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