Change in Ratings


(CLS) - Get Report

upgraded at Goldman Sachs to Neutral from Sell. Expect organizational changes, impressive 2008 results and end to restructuring charges to provide stability to shares. Price target lowered to $4.90 from $7.60.

DTE Energy

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downgraded at Citigroup from Buy to Hold. Valuation call, based on a $37 price target.


(FOSL) - Get Report

downgraded at J.P. Morgan to Underweight from Neutral based on risks to earnings and margins. Believe sell-side estimates could be at risk based on currency effects and combination of higher inventories and decelerating sales environment. Price target cut to $16 from $19.


(GWW) - Get Report

downgraded at Merrill from Buy to Neutral. Estimates also cut, given lower expected results in the North American economy.

Health Net


downgraded at Citigroup from Hold to Sell. $8 price target. Estimates also cut, assuming a higher medical loss ratio. Stock can trade down to tangible book value. Health Net target cut at Credit Suisse to $11 from $24. Maintained Neutral rating.

Iron Mountain

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upgraded at Credit Suisse to Outperform from Neutral. Cites attractive risk/reward coupled with solid defensive growth. Maintained $34 target price.

Lincoln National

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downgraded at Merrill to Neutral. $36 price target. Company may have to raise more capital if the market pulls back from current levels.

Microchip Technology

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downgraded at Goldman Sachs to Sell from Neutral due to slowdown in core growth and impact from increasing competition in MCUs. Note increasing pace of customer upgrades away from 8-bit to 16- and 32-bit. Price target cut to $21 from $26.

Principal Financial

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upgraded at Merrill to Buy. Company can generate high-teens ROE in a normal environment, reducing the risk that it will have to raise a lot of capital.

Raymond James

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downgraded at Wachovia to Underperform. Weak retail and capital markets should plague earnings in 2009. Company is also hurt by the current interest rate structure.


(VMW) - Get Report

downgraded at Merrill to Neutral. $31 price target. Valuation call, as the stock is up 62% since earnings.

Stock Comments/EPS Changes

Dean Foods

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numbers cut at Morgan Stanley. Shares now seen reaching $26. Estimates also lowered to match the company's new guidance. Equal-weight rating.

EOG Resources

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price target raised at Goldman to $93 from $90 following strong Q3 earnings results. Maintained Buy rating.


(HLF) - Get Report

numbers cut at Morgan Stanley. Target lowered to $52. Estimates also cut, given the company's new guidance. Overweight rating.

Philip Morris

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target trimmed at Goldman to $54 from $56 based on lower earnings expectations related to currency volatility. Fundamentals remain extremely strong. Maintained Buy rating.


(TXT) - Get Report

price target lowered at Goldman to $21 from $23. Company lowered Cessna 2009 production expectations. Maintained Neutral rating.

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