Advance Auto Parts
upgraded at Goldman Sachs to Buy from Neutral. See improving enterprise with market share opportunity, as well as low near-term expectations and a favorable macroeconomic backdrop for auto parts sector. Price target at $45.
upgraded at Piper Jaffray to Neutral from Sell. Fiscal 2009 EPS estimates introduced at $1.73. Introduces $23 price target.
( CEG) downgraded at Citigroup from Buy to Hold. $40 price target. Credit facility remains in effect, but strategic alternatives are just as likely to dilute current investors as result in a sale of the company.
upgraded at Merrill from Neutral to Buy. Company should outperform as it has a strong balance sheet and low cost structure.
downgraded at Merrill from Buy to Neutral. $30 price target. Company focuses on tertiary projects that require substantial up-front investments, and could be hurt more by lower oil prices and a constrained credit market.
( HOC) upgraded at Goldman Sachs to Buy from Neutral based on potential upward revisions to near-term earnings for refiners. Also noted capital projects at Navajo and Woods Cross refineries. Price target at $45.
downgraded at Citigroup from Buy to Hold. $52 price target. Valuation call, as the stock has outperformed its peers by 28 percentage points year-to-date. Fundamental outlook remains intact.
downgraded at Merrill Lynch to Underperform from Neutral. Cites elevated valuation and greater-than-anticipated credit strain in home equity, leasing and real estate. Lowered target price to $12 from $14.
downgraded at Morgan Stanley to Equal-weight. Valuation call, as the stock is up 25% since July.
Stock Comments/EPS Changes
price target lowered at Goldman to $21.50 from $25 based on multiple contraction in CDN space, as well as longer-term competitive concerns. Maintained Neutral rating.
price target lowered at Deutsche Bank to $28 from $33. Maintains Hold rating and 2008 EPS estimates of $2.20.
price target raised at Goldman to $79 from $71 after Q1 results that were better than expected. Note strong volume and pricing, as well as attractive defensive characteristics. Maintained Buy rating.
( NT) 2009 estimates cut at JPMorgan to a 77-cent loss from an 18-cent profit. See weaker revenue growth and lower margins on declining CDMA revenue. Maintained Underweight rating on stalled restructuring.
numbers lowered at UBS. Price target lowered to $22 from $26. Fiscal 2009 EPS estimates lowered to $1.43 from $1.48.
target raised at Credit Suisse to $63 from $60. Believes company is in sweet spot during uncertain times and will gain more traction through execution. Maintained Outperform rating.
Strategy Calls/Market Calls
were downgraded to Sell, Citigroup said. Estimates also cut across the board, as the real economy will be hurt by the current credit crunch.
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