Change in Ratings

American Eagle Outfitters

(AEO) - Get Report

initiated at Jefferies with a Buy rating and $21 price target. Introduces 2008 EPS estimates of $1.40.

Abercrombie & Fitch

(ANF) - Get Report

initiated at Jefferies with an Underperform rating and $38 price target. Introduces 2008 EPS estimates of $4.80.

Aeropostale

(ARO)

initiated at Jefferies with a Hold rating and $32 price target. Introduces 2008 EPS estimates of $2.25.

Aeropostale downgraded at Goldman Sachs to Neutral from Buy based on potential sales deceleration. Note that shares trade at a premium multiple compared to peers. Also see signs of broad weakening across teen retail following back-to-school season. Price target trimmed to $34 from $37.

Concur Technologies

(CNQR)

downgraded at Jefferies to Hold from Buy. Maintaind $50 price target and 2008 EPS estimates of $0.52.

Cooper Cos.

(COO) - Get Report

downgraded at Citigroup from Buy to Hold. $42 price target. Estimates also cut, as a lot of work still needs to be done by management after attending the analyst meeting.

Cree

(CREE) - Get Report

upgraded at Oppenheimer to Outperform from Perform based on gaining traction in LED's and strong growth potential from an acquisition. Sets $31 target price.

Cintas

(CTAS) - Get Report

downgraded at Citigroup from Hold to Sell. $27 price target. Estimates also cut as uniform-wearing jobs are declining, and input costs are rising.

Gap

(GPS) - Get Report

upgraded at Goldman Sachs to Buy from Neutral based on earnings drivers that may overcome challenging holiday retail environment. Price target raised to $21 from $19.

Keycorp

(KEY) - Get Report

upgraded at RBC from Underperform to Sector Perform. $11 price target. Government intervention will help banks across the board.

Microsemi

(MSCC)

downgraded at Wachovia from Outperform to Market Perform. Idle transitional capacity charges will weigh on earnings through 2009.

Murphy Oil

(MUR) - Get Report

upgraded at UBS to Neutral from Sell. 2008 EPS estimates lowered to $16.20 from $16.35. Price target lowered to $67 from $75.

Penn National Gaming

(PENN) - Get Report

upgraded at Goldman to Buy from Neutral. With operating/credit conditions remaining challenging, Penn is the only regional gaming company with the balance sheet capacity to take advantage of the decline in multiples across the space. Price target raised to $38 from $30.

FreightCar America

(RAIL) - Get Report

downgraded at UBS to Sell from Neutral based on valuation. Stock is up over 30% since August. Maintained $29 target price.

Sandridge Energy

(SD) - Get Report

initiated at UBS with a Buy rating and $35 price target. Introduces 2008 EPS estimates of $3.55.

Scripps Networks

(SNI)

initiated at UBS with a Neutral rating and $43 price target. Introduces 2008 EPS estimates of $1.74.

Stock Comments/EPS Changes

Lubrizol

(LZ)

numbers lowered at Jefferies. 2008 EPS estimates lowered to $4.50 from $4.55. Price target lowered to $54 from $57. Maintains Hold rating.

Oracle

(ORCL) - Get Report

numbers raised at Jefferies. 2008 EPS estimates raised to $1.49 from $1.43. Price target raised to $23 from $22. Maintains Buy rating.

Praxair

(PX)

numbers lowered at Jefferies. 2008 EPS estimates lowered to $4.20 from $4.25. Price target lowered to $105 from $115. Maintains Buy rating.

Strategy Calls/Market Calls

Auto parts numbers cut at Citigroup. Estimates and price targets were cut across the board in the auto-parts sector. The weaker credit market and stronger U.S. dollar will offset lower oil prices. The rating on

Lear

(LEA) - Get Report

was also downgraded to Sell.

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