21st Century Fox (FOXA) was upgraded at BTIG to buy from neutral. $40 price target. Company can generate superior long-term growth, driven by its sports franchise, BTIG said.
Intuit (INTU) was upgraded at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch to buy. $78 price target. Increased small-business activity should drive growth, BofA/Merrill said.
International Rectifier (IRF) was downgraded at Wells Fargo to market perform from outperform. Signs are pointing to lower electronics demand, Wells Fargo said.K12 (LRN) was downgraded to hold at TheStreet Ratings. Monolithic Power (MPWR) was downgraded at Wells Fargo to market perform from outperform. Valuation call, given a lower growth outlook for the chip business. Panera Bread (PNRA) was downgraded at Wedbush to neutral from outperform. $165 price target. Recent channel checks suggest softer sales, Wedbush said. Sonoco (SON) was downgraded at DA Davidson to underperform from neutral. Valuation call, based on a $37 price target, DA Davidson said. Tsakos Energy Energy Navigation (TNP) was upgraded to hold at TheStreet Ratings. Union Pacific (UNP) was upgraded at Goldman Sachs to buy from neutral. Valuation call, based on a $176 price target, Goldman said. VMWare (VMW) was upgraded at J.P. Morgan to overweight from neutral. $100 price target. Virtualization penetration of x86 compute capacity of only 34% suggests ample room to grow, J.P. Morgan said. Verizon (VZ) was upgraded at Deutsche Bank to buy. $56 price target. Company has strong growth momentum, Deutsche Bank said. Werner (WERN) was downgraded at Robert Baird to neutral from outperform. Core pricing growth is lagging expectations, Baird said.
Stock Comments / EPS ChangesAstoria Financial (AF) numbers were increased at Jefferies. Estimates were increased slightly. Commerical real estate activity and balance sheet strength, Jefferies said. $14 price target and hold rating. Align Technology earnings, price target were increased at Jefferies. Positive trends in revenue growth, margins and a lower tax rate, Jefferies said. $52 price target and hold rating. Align estimates, price target were raised at Credit Suisse. Shares are now seen reaching $55. Estimates were also increased, given the company's new guidance, Credit Suisse said. Neutral rating. Chipotle (CMG) estimates, price target were raised at Jefferies. Shares reached $435, Jefferies noted. Increased traffic activity and an upcoming price should drive same store sales, Jefferies said. Esimates raised to 2014. Hold rating. Danaher (DHR) estimates, price target were boosted at Credit Suisse. Shares are now seen reaching $70. Estimates were also increased, as the company has significant operating leverage, Credit Suisse said. Neutral rating. First Cash Financial Services (FCFS) estimates, price target were lifted at Jefferies. Strong execution in a tough environment with tax benefits, Jefferies said. $58 price target and hold rating. Google (GOOG) estimates, price target were increased at BMO Capital. Estimates were raised through 2014. Company should continue to attract more advertising dollars, BMO Capital said. Outperform rating and new $1,100 price target. Las Vegas Sands (LVS) numbers were boosted at Credit Suisse. Shares are now seen reaching $80. Estimates were also increased, given higher growth in Macau, Credit Suisse said. Outperform rating. Las Vegas Sands numbers were raised at J.P. Morgan. Shares are now seen reaching $80. Estimates were also increased on stronger-than-expected third-quarter results in Macau, J.P. Morgan said. Overweight rating. M&T Bank (MTB) numbers were lowered at Jefferies. Estimates were decreased. Higher expenses net interest margin compression, along with pending regulatory issues, Jefferies said. $113 price target and hold rating. PrivateBancorp (PVTB) numbers were upped at Credit Suisse. Estimates were boosted through 2015. Company is seeing higher growth across the board, Credit Suisse said. Neutral rating and new $28 price target. PrivateBancorp numbers were raised at Jefferies. Forecasts were boosted across the board, Jefferies said. Favorable loan growth prospects supporting net interest income growth, Jefferies said. $26 price target and hold rating. >To submit a news tip, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow TheStreet on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.
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