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Analysts' Actions: DUK FE HPQ TSLA

Stocks in this article: CNC DUK FE TSLA HPQ HCA ELS KSU TRMB WWD


Centene (CNC) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies. Estimates also lowered on risk in the initial 2013 guidance. Hold rating.

Duke Energy (DUK) was upgraded from Hold to Buy at Deutsche Bank with a $69 price target. Yield continues to look favorable in a low interest rate environment.

Exelis (ELS) was initiated with a Neutral rating and $12 price target at Credit Suisse. Sales will likely bottom out before its peers.

First Energy (FE) was downgraded from Buy to Hold at Deutsche Bank with a $43 price target. P/E ratio remains relatively high.

HCA (HCA) was initiated with an Overweight rating at JP Morgan with a $39 price target. Company is leveraged to industry reform.

Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) was downgraded to Sell at Topeka Capital with an $11.50 price target. Valuation call, as the stock is up 31% over the past month.

Kansas City Southern (KSU) was downgraded from Outperform to Market Perform at FBR Capital Markets with a $75 price target. Company is leveraged to lower coal and grain demand.

Raymond James Financial (RJF) was initiated with a Buy rating at Citigroup with a $44 price target. A B/D that doesn't need rising rates to work.

Tenet Healthcare (TCH) was started with an Overweight rating and new $41 price target at JP Morgan. Company will likely buy back more stock.

Trimble (TRMB) was downgraded to Neutral at Lazard. Company no longer trades at a discount to its peers.

Tesla Motors (TSLA) was initiated with a Neutral rating at JP Morgan. Valuation call, based on a $37 price target.

Woodward (WWD) was downgraded from Outperform to Neutral at Credit Suisse with a $39 price target. Organic growth is slowin and the company lacks near-term visibility.


Axis Capital (AXS) estimates lowered through 2012 at UBS. Sandy loss larger than expected. Buy rating and $40 price target.

ConAgra Foods (CAG) numbers raised at Citigroup. Shares of CAG now seen reaching $35, Citigroup said. Estimates also increased as volume trends improving. Buy rating.

Carter's (CRI) numbers raised at Citigroup. Shares of CRI now seen reaching $64, Citigroup said. Estimates also increased as supply chain restructuring an underestimated catalyst for 2013. Buy rating.

Halliburton (HAL) numbers lowered at Jefferies. Shares of HAL now seen reaching $42, Jefferies said. Estimates also lowered on North American conservatism. Buy rating.

Principal Financial (PFG) was placed on the US 1 list at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch said. Company offers value with low earnings risk. Buy rating and $38 price target.

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