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( ACLI) upgraded at BofA/Merrill to Neutral from Underperform on sustained grain volumes, stronger transportation and net Jeffboat margins. Price target surged to $25 from $13.
upgraded at Stifel from Hold to Buy. $13 price target. Company is seeing better top-line growth.
upgraded at Jesup & Lamont from Sell to Hold. $96 price target. Estimates also raised, to reflect better traffic trends.
upgraded at BofA/Merrill to Buy from Neutral on substantial 4Q09 EPS beat, a return to positive year over year transactions, strong guidance. Estimates raised through 2012. $95 price target.
upgraded at Credit Suisse to Neutral from Underperform as the company is well positioned for spring with aggressive spec home strategy. Price target increased by a dollar to $12. 2010 and 2011 EPS estimates increased to -$0.20 and $0.65, respectively.
upgraded at Kaufman from Hold to Buy. $27 price target. Concerns about margins are overblown and the company is likely gaining market share.
estimates, target reduced at Goldman. Shares of EXPE now seen reaching $25. Estimates also lowered, to reflect lower realized margins. Neutral rating.
upgraded at Jefferies FE was upgraded from Underperform to Hold. Valuation call, based on a $39.50 price target.
target lowered at Citigroup. FE target was cut to $47. Believe the AYE deal is lackluster and expensive. Buy rating.
upgraded at Susquehanna from Negative to Neutral. Lodging industry is stabilizing and the company should see higher earnings.
upgraded at Oppenheimer from Underperform to Perform. $25 price target. Company has strong earnings momentum.
estimates, target boosted at FBR. MAR estimates were raised through 2011. Company continues to see better demand trends. New $28 price target and Market Perform rating.
downgraded at BofA/Merrill to Underperform from Neutral due to slower expected growth over the coming cycle. Price target set at $90.
upgraded at Credit Suisse to Outperform from Neutral as the company put an emphasis on generating volume. Price target improved to $750 from $660. 2010 and 2011 EPS estimates raised to $36.15 and $51.50, respectively.
downgraded at Keybanc from Buy to Hold. Estimates also cut, because of a poor pricing outlook.
upgraded at Deutsche from Hold to Buy. New $57 price target. Stock has underperformed its peers in recent weeks, but the capital raise will ultimately pay off.
upgraded at Suntrust from Neutral to Buy. $34 price target. Company is seeing better granite wash results.
rated new Overweight at Morgan Stanley. $60 price target. Company is best-in-class, and can generate 20% annual production and reserve growth over the next few years.
downgraded at Jefferies from Buy to Hold. $18 price target. MFE has likely won the target to embed its software in H-P PC's.
initiated at Barclays with an Overweight rating and $30 price target. UA is one of only a handful of brands that has established longevity in the marketplace. 2010 and 2011 EPS estimates set at $1.05 and $1.30, respectively.
upgraded at Thomas Weisel to Overweight from Market Weight as 4Q09 results were way ahead of Thomas Weisel expectations. Price target jumped to $35 from $32.
estimates, target boosted at Goldman. Estimates were raised through 2012. Company is seeing faster affiliate revenue growth. Buy rating and new $39 price target.
STOCK COMMENTS / EPS CHANGES
target increased at Needham to $280. iPad should make a material contribution, on top of continued strong Mac and iPhone sales. Buy rating.
numbers cut at Goldman. Shares of AN now seen reaching $17. Estimates also reduced, to reflect lower expected car sales and higher interest costs. Sell rating.
numbers reduced at Goldman. Shares of BSX now seen reaching $7.50. Estimates also cut, given the company lower pricing and expected market share losses. Neutral rating.
target boosted at Citigroup. Shares of BWA now seen reaching $42. Company will benefit from a global recovery in auto demand. Buy rating.
estimates boosted at Goldman. CAKE estimates were raised through 2011. Company boosted guidance, as comp sales are turning positive. Buy rating and $27 price target.
estimates, target upped at Citigroup. Shares of JDSU now seen reaching $11.50. Estimates were also increased, following the accretive acquisition from Agilent. Buy rating.
price target raised at Credit Suisse. KBH price target lifted by a dollar to $19. Stable conditions likely in late 2010, better growth in 2011 and 2012. Maintain Outperform rating.
estimates, target raised at UBS. Shares of LEN now seen reaching $17. Estimates also boosted, following the recent acquisition of distressed real estate assets. Neutral rating.
( MFE) estimates, target boosted at Goldman. MFE estimates were increased through 2011. Company is benefitting from a lower tax rate. Neutral rating and new $47 price target.
numbers upped at FBR. Shares of MRVL now seen reaching $25. Estimates also raised, as the company will likely increase guidance next week.
price target higher at BofA/Merrill. PEP price target raised to $69 from $67 on potential market share gains. 2011 EPS estimates improved to $4.61. Maintain Buy rating.
Philip Morris International
estimates upped at Goldman. PM estimates were increased through 2011. Better cigarette pricing is offsetting lower volumes. Buy rating and $62 price target.
estimates reduced at Goldman. Shares of VFC now seen reaching $76. Estimates also cut, because of higher operating costs and less favorable currency rates. Neutral rating.
This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.com.