CHANGE IN RATINGS
upgraded at RBC to outperform from sector perform and $38 price target maintained. Upgrade due to recent underperformance vs. the tower average and wireless carriers. RBC believes that tower operators will continue to see robust site leasing demand by carriers.
downgraded at Goldman Sachs to Sell. With major structural changes playing out in the auto retail industry, see downside in shares based on expensive valuation relative to uncertain earnings outlook. Note lack of operating leverage compared to peers if auto sales recover. Price target at $14.
downgraded at Wachovia. Rating lowered to Market Perform from Outperform. Valuation range lowered from $31-$33 to $28-$29. Maintains 2009 EPS estimates of $2.55.
Bank of America
upgraded at Goldman Sachs to Buy from Neutral based on improving earnings outlook and upcoming completion of capital raising. Note potential earnings strength this quarter, driven by mortgage and capital markets units. Expect at-the-market capital raising to be completed over the next two weeks, eliminating supply overhang in the stock. Price target raised to $15 from $7.
upgraded at Barclays from Equal-weight to Overweight. $19 price target. Value pricing and cost controls should help stabilize near-term results.
estimates, target cut at Merrill/BofA. Shares now seen reaching $65. Estimates lowered to reflect the recent equity offering. Buy rating.
upgraded at UBS from Sell to Neutral. $53 price target. Stock now seems to be pricing in higher advertising spending and the recent stock offering.
upgraded at JMP Securities. Rating raised to Market Perform from Market Underperform. 2009 EPS estimates raised to $11.82 from $7.50.
numbers raised at Citigroup through 2010. Company is seeing a strong trading and underwriting agreement. Buy rating and new $160 price target.
downgraded at Goldman from Neutral to Sell. $21 price target. Stock also added to the Conviction List, based on relative valuation.
upgraded at JPMorgan to Overweight from Neutral due to improved liquidity position following $2.5 billion capital raise. Note low 2009-2010 expectations among analysts and investors, especially regarding Las Vegas portfolio. Price target raised to $11 from $9.
upgraded at Credit Suisse to Outperform from Neutral. Cites a rebound in hard drives off January lows and stabilization across its communications business. Raised target price to $14 from $9.
upgraded at JMP from Market Perform to Outperform. $34 price target. Stock appears attractive based on normalized earnings.
numbers raised at Citigroup through 2010. Company is seeing more underwriting business and likely seeing higher trading gains. Hold rating and new $28 price target.
downgraded at Oppenheimer to perform as 1Q09 results are unlikely to repeat. Expect the price-cost equation to come into balance, with selling-price declines matching those of base oil. Estimate actual end-user demand to be down 5-8%. Given premium valuation, weak demand and price givebacks, NEU shares expected to perform more in line with the market.
upgraded at RBC from Sector Perform to Outperform. $28 price target. Stock has underperformed its peers, and site leasing demand remains strong.
STOCK COMMENTS / EPS CHANGES
Abercrombie & Fitch
estimates cut at UBS through 2010. Estimates also reduced, to reflect the company's lower sales. Neutral rating and $24 price target.
numbers raised at Merrill/BofA to $76. Estimates also boosted, to reflect improved efficiency and cost-cutting. Buy rating.
numbers increased at Barclays to $19. Estimates also boosted, as recent price promotions are likely bringing in new business during the digital transition. Overweight rating.
numbers increased at Barclays to $32. Estimates also raised, to reflect recent business momentum and market share gains. Overweight rating.
added to Conviction Buy list at Goldman. $14 price target. Company has strong home sales and clean inventory levels. Cost-cutting should also help maintain earnings.
target increased at Jefferies to $45 a share. Company had an upbeat investor meeting last week, and will likely overtake SYMC in Enterprise market share within a year. Buy rating.
estimates cut through 2010, target raised at Barclays, to reflect higher costs along with the Pre launch. On the other hand, the price target was boosted to $9, to reflect higher sales. Underweight rating.
numbers increased at Barclays to $23.50. Estimates also boosted, following positive channel checks. Valuation remains steep. Equal-weight rating.
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