NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- CHANGE IN RATINGS
upgraded at Keybanc from Hold to Buy. $36 price target. Company is positioned well to gain market share and grow earnings in an economic rebound.
downgraded at Oppenheimer to Perform. $29 price target. Valuation call, as the stock is already pricing in a potential turnaround.
( ERTS) downgraded at Goldman to Neutral from Buy. Estimates are now below consensus, as the company's turnaround could now take longer than expected. $21 price target.
rated new Sector Perform at RBC Capital. $150 price target. Company is positioned well, but there is currently too much industry supply.
Illinois Tool Works
downgraded at Merrill/BofA to Underperform from Neutral on unattractive valuation. 2009 and 2010 EPS estimates set at $1.60 and $2.30, respectively. Price target raised to $40 from $37.
downgraded at JP Morgan. Rating lowered to Neutral from Overweight. Price target raised to $9.50 from $7.00. Raises 2009 EPS estimates to $0.24 from $0.20.
Las Vegas Sands
rated new Sell at Citigroup. $13 price target. Stock looks fully priced ahead of a Macau spin-off. Company also likely to lose market share to CityCenter.
MSC Industrial Direct Co.
upgraded at Merrill/BofA to Buy from Underperform noting MSC offers a leveraged way to play economic recovery. 2009 and 2010 EPS estimates increased to $1.97 and $1.80, respectively. Price target surged to $54 from $26.
downgraded at JP Morgan. Rating lowered to Neutral from Overweight. Price target lowered to $47 from $56. 2009 EPS estimates lowered to $2.15 from $3.01.
rated new Outperform at RBC Capital. $30 price target. Company should capitalize on the multi-decade capex spending cycle for grid infrastructure.
rated new Perform at Oppenheimer. Sentiment may be more positive than the actual fundamental outlook.
downgraded at Pali from Buy to Neutral. Valuation call, as the stock is up 40% since June 11.
upgraded at Morgan Stanley to Overweight from Equal-Weight on wireless stabilization, rent reductions and balance sheet incentives. 2009 and 2010 EPS estimates set at $1.55 and $1.65, respectively. Price target boosted to $21.
upgraded at Barclays to Overweight from Equal Weight on signs that healthy demand will fuel solid 2010 growth. 2009 and 2010 EPS estimates set at $0.80 and $0.95, respectively. Price target boosted to $29 from $24.
upgraded at Credit Suisse to Outperform from Neutral. Price target surged to $45 from $20. 2010 and 2011 EPS estimates increased to $1.83 from $1.57 and to $2.27 from $1.61, respectively
upgraded at Goldman from Neutral to Conviction Buy. $33.50 price target. Company should benefit from a stronger rebound in national advertising.
( UAUA) upgraded at JP Morgan. Rating raised to Overweight from Underweight. Establishes $13 price target. Raises 2009 EPS estimates to -$10.17 from -$12.64.
upgraded at Brean Murray from Hold to Buy. $10.25 price target. Company can expand margins and exceed expectations heading into 2010.
upgraded at Merrill/BofA to Buy from Neutral as sentiment and valuation near bottom. 2009 and 2010 EPS estimates set at $0.59 and $0.61, respectively. Price target raised to $19 from $17.
STOCK COMMENTS / EPS CHANGES
price target higher at Thomas Weisel to $34 from $31 on positive 3Q expectations. 2009 and 2010 EPS estimates set at $1.51 and $1.70. Maintain Overweight rating.
target boosted to $105 at Friedman, Billings Ramsey. Company posted higher September assets. Market Perform rating.
numbers boosted at Citigroup to $36. Estimates also raised, to reflect expected sequential improvement in full-price sales. Buy rating.
price target raised at Morgan Stanley to $30.50 from $28. Maintain Equal Weight rating. 2009 and 2010 EPS estimates set at $2.16 and $2.27, respectively.
price target cut at Thomas Weisel by a dollar to $5 on weak 3Q results. Maintain Overweight rating. 2009 and 2010 EPS estimates slashed to -$0.94 and -$0.45, respectively.
price target lifted at Credit Suisse to $19 from $17 on continued strength at low end of market. Reiterate Outperform rating. 2009 and 2010 EPS estimates set at -$2.85 and -$0.30, respectively.
price target raised at Credit Suisse to $14 from $14. Maintain Neutral rating. 2009 and 2010 EPS estimate set at $0.69 and $0.00, respectively.
Kodiak Oil & Gas
price target up at Thomas Weisel to $2.75 from $1.90 on completion of wells. 2009 and 2010 EPS increased to $0.02 and to $0.11, respectively. Reiterate Overweight rating.
price target cut at Credit Suisse to $20 from $25 on disappointing FY10 guidance. 2009 and 2010 EPS estimates set at $0.42 and $0.56, respectively. Maintain Outperform rating.
target boosted at Goldman to $17. Company held an upbeat analyst meeting and see no major red flags behind the CFO departure. Buy rating.
numbers boosted at UBS to $12. Estimates also raised, to reflect the potential for margin expansion. Buy rating.
price target lifted at Credit Suisse to $9 from $8. Reiterate Neutral rating. 2010 and 2011 EPS estimates set at $0.24 and $0.30, respectively.
( SKWS) target, estimate upped at Barclays. Price target to $14 from $13. 2009 and 2010 EPS estimates raised to $0.67 from $0.64 and to $0.83 from $0.74, respectively. Maintain Equal Weight rating.
Time Warner Cable
target boosted at Citigroup to $45. Company is an attractive takeover target, especially for CMCSA. Buy rating.
price target, estimates raised at Barclays to $27 from $25 on raised 3Q guidance. 2009 and 2010 EPS estimates lifted to $1.01 from $0.92 and to $1.67 from $1.50, respectively. Maintain Equal Weight rating.
estimates cut at FBR through 2010. Company facing charges for its facility consolidation. The production bottleneck also remains at the Texas facility. $22 price target.
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