SolarCity (SCTY) was initiated with an overweight rating at J.P. Morgan. $68 price target. Distributed solar is a very early-stage growth opportunity, J.P. Morgan said.
Sigma-Aldrich (SIAL) was initiated with an underweight rating at Morgan Stanley. $82 price target. Company's recovery efforts will likely disappoint, Morgan Stanley said.
Scotts Miracle-Gro (SMG) was upgraded at J.P. Morgan to overweight from neutral. $65 price target. Low raw material costs should boost bottom line, J.P. Morgan said.Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) was downgraded at Morgan Stanley to equal-weight from overweight. Guidance into 2014 lowered as core revenue remains depressed, Morgan Stanley said. $83 price target Stanley Black & Decker was downgraded at Credit Suisse to neutral from outperform. $71 price target. Estimates also cut, given challenges in security and slower do-it-yourself demand in North America, Credit Suisse said. Xilinx (XLNX) was downgraded at Piper Jaffray to neutral from overweight. $47 price target. Valuation call, as momentum is slowing, Piper Jaffray said. Xilinx was upgraded at Robert Baird to outperform from neutral. $56 price target. Expect growth to reaccelerate in the March quarter, Baird said.
Stock Comments / EPS ChangesABM Industries (ABM) estimates, price target were lifted at Jefferies. Company is seeing growth in new geographies and verticals and positive M&A outlook, Jefferies said. Buy rating and new $31 price target. American Express (AXP) estimates, price target were increased at Jefferies. Company showed positive trends in billed business. Hold rating and new $78 price target. Bank of America (BAC) estimates, price target were increased at UBS. Estimates were boosted across the board. The boost was driven by the Consumer and Business Banking group. Neutral rating and new $16 price target. BlackRock (BLK) numbers were increased at UBS. Shares are now seen reaching $305, driven by healthy growth and demand in retail products, UBS said. Estimates were increased into 2015. Neutral rating. eBay (EBAY) numbers were lowered at Jefferies. Estimates were trimmed. Metrics show improvement in user experience and mobile growth, but guidance is dampened by soft U.S. market. Buy rating and new $66 price target. eBay estimates, price target were reduced at JMP Securities. Shares are now seen reaching $60. Estimates were also cut, given the company's new guidance, JMP Securities said. Outperform rating.
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