CHANGE IN RATINGS
( BJS) downgraded at Wachovia to Market Perform. Stock is up 33% since mid-November, and the international pressure pumping market remains weak.
( BUCY) upgraded at Goldman Sachs to Buy from Neutral based on improving China demand and resilient earnings driven by higher commodity prices. First-quarter aftermarket sales and orders were both stronger than expected. Price target raised to $23 from $16.
downgraded at Credit Suisse from Neutral to Underperform based on high fixed costs; falling volume and prices. Lowered target price to $14 from $16.
upgraded at Jefferies ETR was upgraded from Hold to Buy. $77 price target. Valuation call. On the other hand, estimates were also cut, to reflect lower natural gas prices.
( JOYG) upgraded at Goldman Sachs to Buy from Neutral based on improving Chinese demand, relative valuation and preference for mining equipment stocks over other machinery. Note that earnings have been resilient thanks to higher commodity prices, which should continue as Chinese GDP growth is expected to accelerate in 2010. Price target raised to $32 from $20.
downgraded at UBS. Rating lowered to Neutral from Buy. Price target raised to $23.25 from $21.00. 2009 EPS estimates lowered to $0.94 from $0.97.
( QSFT) upgraded at Goldman to Buy from Neutral. Current expectations are extremely low, leaving room for earnings upside. Also note strong brand, especially in Microsoft tools space. Price target raised to $17 from $16.50.
downgraded at Credit Suisse to Neutral from Outperform. Cites positive catalysts -- including increased visibility and diminished liquidity concerns have been realized. Maintained $14 target.
downgraded at Goldman Sachs to Sell from Neutral based on valuation. Recent rally has pushed shares to levels that don't reflect increasing competition and negative margin impact of new $1 menu. Price target lowered to $10 from $11.
downgraded at Goldman Sachs to Neutral from Buy following recent rally. View shares as less attractive with only 8% upside potential to $7.50 price target.
( WFMI) downgraded at UBS. Rating lowered to Sell from Neutral. Price target raised to $13 from $12. Maintains 2009 EPS estimates of $0.73.
STOCK COMMENTS / EPS CHANGES
target raised at Credit Suisse to $24 from $15.50 based on possible sale in near-term of Valvoline segment. Also reiterates that shares could trade in the $30-plus range 12-24 months. Maintained Outperform rating.
numbers raised at Barclays to $36. Estimates also increased, to reflect improving volumes and capacity utilization. Equal-weight rating.
price target raised at Goldman to $7 from $6 following first-quarter results that were well above expectations. Note stronger North American pricing, lower losses at Volvo and better cash balance. Maintained Buy rating.
estimates, target raised at Barclays to $38. Estimates also increased, as the company did not lower full-year guidance by as much as expected. Overweight rating.
estimates cut at UBS through 2010. Guidance still looks optimistic, despite recent reduction. Neutral rating and $30 price target.
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