NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- CHANGE IN RATINGS
Home Depot (HD) was upgraded to buy from hold at Jefferies. $85 price target. Weather should not impeded ability to post strong first quarter comp store sales, Jefferies said.
MasterCard (MA) was downgraded to neutral at Sterne Agee. The valuation is fair and there is a lack of positive momentum in the business, said Sterne Agee.
Abbott Laboratories (ABT) was rated new neutral at Credit Suisse. Valuation call, based on a $40 price target, Credit Suisse said.Fidelity National Information Services (FIS) was downgraded to neutral given limited upside at Sterne Agee. The thesis has played out and the stock should perform in-line with the S&P 500, said Sterne Agee. Visa (V) was downgraded to neutral at Sterne Agee. The valuation is fair and headline risks are a modest concern, said Sterne Agee.
Abaxis (ABAX) was downgraded from buy to hold at Stifel. Valuation call, as the stock is up 30% year-to-date. Stifel Nicolaus said. AMC Networks (AMCX) upgraded from sell to neutral at B. Riley. $61 price tagret. Starz/Encore merger could create value B. Riley said. Fiserv (FISV) was downgraded from buy to neutral at Sterne Agee. Valuation call, as the stock has approached the previous $93 price target, Sterne Agee said. Universal Display ( PANL ) wa upgraded from perform to outperform at Oppenheimer. $37 price target. Expect better OLED market growth in the near term, Oppenheimer said. Bankrate (RATE) was upgraded from hold to buy at Stifel. $17 price target. Earnings may have reached a trough, Stifel Nicolaus said. Vitamin Shoppe (VSI) was upgraded to outperform from neutral at Wedbush. Channel checks are strong and the stock has an attractive valuation. Price target goes to $62, said Sterne Agee.
STOCK COMMENTS/EPS CHANGES Air Methods ( AIRM ) numbers were raised at Oppenheimer. Shares are now seen reaching $53, according to Oppenheimer. Estimates also increased, given better pricing growth. Outperform rating. Caterpillar (CAT) estimates, target were cut at Credit Suisse. Shares are now seen reaching $110, according to Credit Suisse. Estimates also reduced following the recent dealer survey. Outperform rating.
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