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Aeropostale

(ARO)

upgraded at Goldman from Sell to Neutral. $34 price target. Valuation call, as the stock is already pricing in decelerating margins and limited store growth potential.

Buckle

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rated new Sell at Goldman. $27 price target. Company faces near-term earnings risk and the company has few long-term opportunities for square-footage growth.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe

(BNI)

downgraded at Barclays to Underweight from Equal Weight. Price target lifted to $100 from $90. 2009 and 2010 EPS estimates maintained at $5.06 and $6.35, respectively.

Brocade

(BRCD)

downgraded at Piper from Overweight to Neutral. $9 price target. OEM strategy is not working as planned. Estimates also lowered, as channel checks reflect some weakness.

Brocade

(BRCD)

downgraded at ThinkEquity from Buy to Hold. Company will see more competition, following the HPQ/COMS deal.

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Coach

(COH)

rated new Hold at Keybanc. Valuation call, as the stock is already pricing in long-term growth potential.

CSX

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upgraded at Barclays to Equal Weight from Underweight. Improving volume outlook in 2010. Price target surged to $52 from $46. 2009 and 2010 EPS estimate maintained at $2.85 and $3.40, respectively.

Lear

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initiated at Barclays with an Overweight rating and $82 price target. 2009 and 2010 EPS estimates set at -$3.24 and $2.85, respectively.

Merck

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rated new Equal-weight at Morgan Stanley. $34 price target. Expect no earnings growth through 2013, as the expectations in the cholesterol franchise are likely too high.

Principal Financial

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downgraded at FBR from Outperform to Market Perform. $26 price target. Company continues to see higher credit losses.

STOCK COMMENTS / EPS CHANGES

Advance Auto Parts

(AAP) - Get Advance Auto Parts, Inc. Report

price target cut at Credit Suisse to $48 from $50. 2009 and 2010 EPS estimates set at $3.08 and $3.25, respectively. Outperform rating.

Applied Material

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estimates boosted at Barclays. AMAT 2009 and 2010 EPS estimates up to -$0.08 and $0.59, respectively. Reiterate Equal Weight rating and $13 price target.

China Hotels

(CHH) - Get Choice Hotels International, Inc. Report

price target higher at Barclays by a dollar to $25. 2009 and 2010 EPS estimates increased to $1.68 and $1.65, respectively. Reiterate Underweight rating.

Computer Sciences

(CSC)

estimates cut at Credit Suisse. CSC 2010 and 2011 EPS estimates to $4.98 and $5.07, respectively. Maintain Neutral rating and $50 price target.

Walt Disney

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estimates higher at Credit Suisse. DIS 2009 and 2010 EPS estimates to $1.75 and $1.82, respectively. Maintain Outperform rating and $28 price target.

Diamond Offshore

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estimates upped at Citigroup through 2011. Company signed two new three-year contracts with Statoil. Buy rating and $113 price target.

Emdeon

(EM)

estimates increased at Citigroup through 2012. Acquisitions are paying off, and more are expected. Hold rating and $19 price target.

First Solar

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estimates changed at Credit Suisse. Barclays trimmed FSLR 2009 EPS by a dollar to $7.20, 2010 introduced at $5.69 Reiterate Neutral rating and $115 price target.

Home Depot

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estimates lifted at Barclays. HD 2010 and 2011 EPS estimates raised to $1.52 and $1.60, respectively. Maintain Overweight rating and $29 price target.

Hewlett-Packard

(HPQ) - Get HP Inc. Report

numbers increased at Goldman. Shares of HPQ now seen reaching $57. Estimates also boosted, to match the company's new guidance. COMS deal will also increase exposure to China and networking business. Buy rating.

Lowe's

(LOW) - Get Lowe's Companies, Inc. Report

price target trimmed at Barclays by a dollar to $24. Overweight rating. 2010 and 2011 EPS estimates set at $1.21 and $1.30, respectively.

Macy's

(M) - Get Macy's Inc Report

estimates, target lowered at Goldman. Estimates were reduced through 2010. Company is still seeing higher operating expenses. Buy rating and new $22 price target.

Norfolk Southern

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price target raised at Barclays to $55 from $51. Equal Weight rating. 2009 and 2010 EPS estimates maintained at $2.77 and $3.70, respectively.

Nuvasive

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estimates cut at Goldman through 2013. Company is seeing little competition, but is facing lower interest income. Neutral rating and $45 price target.

Progressive

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estimates, target boosted at FBR. Shares of PGR now seen reaching $18. Estimates also raised, to reflect a lower combined ratio. Market Perform rating.

Scripps Networks

(SNI)

target raised at Morgan Stanley to $43. Company is benefiting from an advertising recovery and the Travel Channel acquisition should also pay off. Equal-weight rating.

Synovus Financial

(SNV) - Get Synovus Financial Corp. Report

estimate cut at Barclays. Lowered 2010 EPS estimate by 5 cents to -$0.80, 2009 maintained at -$4.25. Reiterate Underweight rating and $5 price target.

Safeway

(SWY)

target raised at UBS to $24. Industry sentiment could improve as food inflation dissipates. Neutral rating.

Union Pacific

(UNP) - Get Union Pacific Corporation Report

price target boosted at Barclays to $69 from $60. 2009 and 2010 EPS estimates maintained at $3.54 and $4.35, respectively. Reiterate Equal Weight rating.

Zions Bancorporation

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estimate cut at Barclays. 2009 EPS estimate sunk to -$5.45 from -$5.15, 2010 maintained at -$1.90. Reiterate Equal Weight rating and $17 price target.

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