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(ASH) - Get Ashland Global Holdings, Inc. Report

downgraded at Susquehanna from Positive to Neutral, Susquehanna Financial said. Valuation call, based on a $37 price target.

Continental Resources

(CLR) - Get Continental Resources, Inc. Report

initiated at UBS. Initiated with a Neutral rating and $39 price target. Introduces 2009 EPS estimates of $2.08.

Compass Minerals

(CMP) - Get Compass Minerals International, Inc. Report

rated new Buy at Keybanc. $63 price target. Company has an efficient, low-cost operating and the stock appears attractive at current levels.


(COST) - Get Costco Wholesale Corporation Report

upgraded at William Blair from Underperform to Market Perform. Valuation call, as business trends will likely stabilize in the coming quarters.

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Concho Resources

(CXO) - Get Concho Resources Inc. Report

initiated at UBS. Initiated with a Buy rating and $45 price target. Introduces 2009 EPS estimates of $4.23.

Denbury Resources

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downgraded at UBS from Buy to Neutral. $18 price target. Valuation call, as the stock lacks near-term catalysts.


(GOOG) - Get Alphabet Inc. Class C Report

upgraded at ThinkEquity from Source of Funds to Buy. $550 price target. Company is likely to outperform as the economy recovers.

Harman International


initiated at JP Morgan. Initiated with an Overweight rating and $44 price target. Introduces fiscal 2010 EPS estimates of $0.50.


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

upgraded at Morgan Stanley. Rating raised to Overweight from Equal-weight. Raises fiscal 2010 EPS estimates to $1.12 from $1.11. Maintains $24 price target.


(MA) - Get Mastercard Incorporated Class A Report

rated new Buy at Jefferies. $240 price target. Company has greater opportunity for transaction growth, as the company gains market share in debit.

OGE Energy

(OGE) - Get OGE Energy Corp. Report

initiated at Barclays with an Overweight rating and $37 price target. Analysts noted their successful gas pipeline business, Enogex. 2009 and 2010 EPS estimates set at $2.47 and $2.87 respectively.


(SHW) - Get Sherwin-Williams Company Report

downgraded at Morgan Stanley. Rating lowered to Equal-weight from Overweight. Eliminates $60 price target. Maintains 2009 EPS estimates of $3.48.

Time Warner


rated new Outperform at Wells Fargo. Coverage started with an Outperform rating. Spin-offs of TWC and AOL will leave a leading, focused media player.


(V) - Get Visa Inc. Class A Report

rated new Buy at Deutsche. Coverage started with a Buy rating. $80 price target. Company has the largest payment network in the world, and better operating leverage than MA.

Warner Chilcott


upgraded at Jefferies from Hold to Buy. $26.50 price target. PG acquisition makes the company stronger and should be accretive to 2010 earnings.


Franklin Resources


numbers raised at Stifel to $108. Estimates also boosted, to reflect market share gains. Buy rating.G

Con Edison

(ED) - Get Consolidated Edison, Inc. Report

numbers raised at Goldman to $35. Estimates also boosted, to reflect lower capital spending. Sell rating, based on valuation.

Home Depot

(HD) - Get Home Depot, Inc. Report

estimates raised at Morgan Stanley through 2012. Traffic is growing, and the company posted better comps than LOW last quarter. Equal-weight rating.

International Rectifier


estimates upped at UBS through 2010. Expect better demand in the auto and industrial markets. Neutral rating and $14.50 price target.


(MU) - Get Micron Technology, Inc. Report

estimates, target raised at UBS. Shares now seen reaching $7.50. Estimates also boosted, to reflect improving memory pricing trends. Neutral rating.

Procter & Gamble

(PG) - Get Procter & Gamble Company Report

estimates changed at Barclays. Raised PG's 2010 EPS to $4.05 from $3.72. 2011 EPS estimate cut to $3.93 from $4.10. Maintain Overweight rating and $60 price target.

PPG Industries

(PPG) - Get PPG Industries, Inc. Report

price target lifted at Barclays to $60 from $56 after meetings with PPG's management revealed that PPG remains well positioned to grow earnings ahead of peer group. Maintain 2009 EPS estimate of $2.45. 2010 EPS estimate boosted to $3.77 from $3.50. Reiterate Overweight rating.

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