Sandridge Energy (MPEL) was downgraded at Ladenburg Thalmann from buy to neutral. $7 price target. Company could deliver lower oil production in the Mississippian, Ladenburg Thalmann said.
Sempra Energy (SRE) was upgraded at J.P. Morgan to overweight. Company can continue to outperform in 2013, with Latin America and LNG as the main growth drivers, J.P. Morgan said.
St. Jude Medical (STJ) was upgraded at Credit Suisse from neutral to outperform. $48 price target. Left investor meeting with a more favorable outlook for Durata, Credit Suisse said.
Timken (TKR) was upgraded at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch to buy. Company is a well-run company that is leveraged to an eventual cyclical recovery, BofA/Merrill said.Wesco International (WCC) was downgraded at UBS to neutral from buy. $75 price target. Few catalysts in the near term, UBS said. Wal-Mart (WMT) was downgraded at J.P. Morgan from overweight to neutral. $75 price target. Western Union (WU) was upgraded at Deutsche Bank from hold to buy. $19 price target. Market is setting up well for a company turnaround, Deutsche said. Yahoo! (YHOO) was upgraded at Stifel Nicolaus from hold to buy. $25 price target. Alibaba and Yahoo Japan are rising in value, Stifel Nicolaus said.
STOCK COMMENTS / EPS CHANGESAbbVie (ABBV) numbers raised at Jefferies. Shares of ABBV now seen reaching $45, Jefferies said. Estimates also raised on Humira continues to squeeze the bears. Buy rating. Cisco Systems (CSCO) numbers raised at Oppenheimer. Shares of CSCO now seen reaching $24, Oppenheimer said. Estimates also raised on solid checks. Outperform rating. Deckers Outdoor (DECK) numbers raised at Jefferies. Shares of DECK now seen reaching $60, Jefferies said. Estimates also raised on solid online trends and store checks. Buy rating. Emerson (EMR) numbers raised at Oppenheimer. Shares of EMR now seen reaching $63, Oppenheimer said. Estimates also raised on recovery of premium. Perform rating. FedEx (FDX) added to US 1 List at BofA/Merrill. FDX was placed on the US 1 list, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch said. Company is seeing positive volume trends and cutting costs. $122 price target. Las Vegas Sands (LVS) numbers raised at Morgan Stanley. Shares of LVS now seen reaching $60, according to Morgan Stanley. Estimates also increased, given stronger growth in Macau. Overweight rating. LyondellBasell (LYB) numbers raised at Jefferies. Shares of LYB now seen reaching $70, Jefferies said. Estimates also raised on favorable 2013 backdrop. Buy rating. National Oilwell Varco (NOV) numbers lowered at Jefferies. Shares of NOV now seen reaching $86, Jefferies said. Estimates also lowered on longer- term rig tech conservatism. Buy rating. Newell Rubbermaid (NWL) target raised at Oppenheimer to $27, Oppenheimer said. Game plan on track. Outperform rating. PetSmart (PETM) added to US 1 List at BofA/Merrill. $85 price target. Company is leveraged to a favorable macro backdrop. >To submit a news tip, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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