Alcoa: Analysts' Upgrades, Downgrades - TheStreet

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American Eagle

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upgraded at Goldman from Sell to Neutral. Merchandise execution should improve in the new year. $17 price target.

Aflac

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upgraded at Barclays to Equal Weight from Underweight on valuation. Price target surged to $52 from $30. 2010 EPS estimate set at $5.33.

Chicos FAS

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downgraded at Credit Suisse to Neutral from Outperform on valuation. Maintain $16 price target. Reiterate 2010 and 2011 EPS estimates at $0.37 and $0.81, respectively.

Comerica

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upgraded at Goldman to Buy. Company has attractive exposure to commercial lending. Stock is also trading at tangible book value. $38 price target.

Centerpoint Energy

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rated new Buy at UBS. $17 price target. Company is highly regulated and offers attractive total return potential.

Family Dollar Stores

(FDO)

downgraded at Goldman from Neutral to Sell. Low-end retailers will underperform in a recovery. $29 price target.

First Niagara

(FNFG)

downgraded at Goldman to Neutral. Valuation call.

Gap

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downgraded at Goldman from Neutral to Sell. Company is facing difficult comps at Old Navy. $18 price target.

Life Time Fitness

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downgraded at Credit Suisse to Neutral from Outperform as timing of a turnaround is uncertain. Price target cut to $26 from $29. 2009 EPS maintained at $1.77, 2010 lowered to $1.88.

MGM Mirage

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upgraded at Goldman to Buy. $16 price target. Vegas trends are bottoming and the stock trades at a discount to its peers.

Microstrategy

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upgraded at FBR from Market Perform to Outperform. $120 price target. Checks show that sales momentum continued to build in the fourth quarter.

Principal Financial Group

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upgraded at Barclays to Overweight from Equal Weight as concerns about CMBS exposure lessen. Price target raised to $31 from $21. 2010 EPS estimate set at $2.63.

Prudential

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upgraded at Barclays to Equal Weight from Underweight. Price target raised to $50 from $40. 2010 EPS estimate set at $5.60.

Reinsurance Group of America

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upgraded at Barclays to Equal Weight from Overweight on valuation. Maintain $52 price target. 2010 EPS estimate set at $7.51.

Regis Corp

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downgraded at Credit Suisse to Neutral from Outperform as a pick-up in visitation patterns is lacking. Price target trimmed to $16 from $19. 2010 and 2011 EPS estimates set at $1.39 and $1.58, respectively.

STOCK COMMENTS / EPS CHANGES

Alcoa

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estimates, target raised at UBS through 2011. Company is seeing higher pricing, which should offset currency losses. Neutral rating and new $18 price target.

Americredit

( ACF) estimates, target boosted at FBR. Shares of ACF now seen reaching $20. Estimates also raised, to reflect improving credit fundamentals. Market Perform rating.

Associated Banc-Corp

(ASBC)

estimates cut at UBS through 2011. Equity offering will be dilutive, but helps remove an overhang from the stock. Buy rating and $17 price target.

Avon Products

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estimates, target reduced at UBS. AVP estimates were cut through 2010. Company will be hurt by devaluation of currency in Venezuela. Buy rating and new $40 price target.

Peabody Energy

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numbers raised at FBR. BTU estimates were increased through 2012. Company should benefit from higher coal prices. Outperform rating and new $63 price target.

Coach

(COH)

numbers boosted at UBS. Shares of COH now seen reaching $40. Estimates also raised, to reflect strong holiday sales trends across the luxury sector. Buy rating.

Charles River

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estimates raised at UBS through 2010. Shutdown of Massachusetts site will save about $20 million. Neutral rating and $35 price target.

Chevron

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estimates lowered at UBS through 2010. Company guided toward lower refining margins. Buy rating and $92 price target.

Electronic Arts

( ERTS) estimates cut at FBR through 2011. Company warned again, with sales particularly weak in Europe. Outperform rating and $22 price target.

Human Genome

( HGSI) estimates raised at Morgan Stanley through 2011. Company has guided toward high cash numbers. Overweight rating and $40 price target.

Lululemon

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numbers raised at Goldman. Shares of LULU now seen reaching $38. Estimates also boosted, to reflect strong store traffic trends. Buy rating.

Las Vegas Sands

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target increased at Goldman. Shares of LVS now seen reaching $17.75. Stock should trade at a higher multiple. Neutral rating.

Owens-Illinois

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numbers reduced at Goldman. Shares of OI now seen reaching $42. Estimates also cut, to reflect the devaluation in Venezuela. Buy rating.

Phillips-Van Heusen

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numbers raised at Goldman through 2011. Company guided toward higher holiday sales. Neutral rating and new $47 price target.

Wynn Resorts

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target boosted at Goldman to $64. Stock should achieve a higher multiple. Neutral rating.

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