CHANGE IN RATINGS

Agilent ( A) upgraded at JP Morgan from Neutral to Overweight. Stock also added to the Focus List, using a $46 price target. Company also remains a potential takeover target.

Broadcom ( BRCM) upgraded at Citigroup from Hold to Buy. $52 price target. Networking and broadband should drive a return of revenue and margin growth over the next couple of years.

Eaton ( ETN) upgraded at Friedman, Billings Ramsey to Outperform. $104 price target. Estimates cut to reflect lower near-term earnings, but growth remains solid in several areas. Stock also trades at a discount to its peers.

General Motors ( GM) downgraded at Bear Stearnsfrom Peer Perform to Underperform. Estimates look high, following the UAW settlement. Company also highly levered to a slowing US economy.

Manor Care ( HCR) downgraded at Friedman, Billings Ramsey to Market Perform. Stock is trading near the $67 price target, reflecting the bid from Carlyle Group.

Knight Transportation ( KNX) downgraded at BB&T from Buy to Hold. Weak freight volumes are not likely to improve in a lackluster economic environment.

Navigators Group ( NAVG) downgraded at FBR from Outperform to Market Perform. Valuation call, as the stock is up 21% since the beginning of the year. Fundamentals remain strong. $62 price target.

RSC Holdings ( RRR) initiated by UBS. Initiated with a Neutral rating. Introduces $18 price target. Introduces 2007 EPS estimates of $1.38 and 2008 EPS estimates of $1.60.

SRA International ( SRX) downgraded at Citigroup from Buy to Hold. Valuation call, as few major catalysts remain for the end of the year. $32 price target.

THQ ( THQI) downgraded by UBS. Rating lowered to Neutral from Buy. Price target lowered to $28 from $42. 2008 EPS estimates lowered to $1.27 from $1.40.

Viacom ( VIAB) upgraded at JP Morgan from Neutral to Overweight. Current valuation does not give credit for expected 2008 growth.

Western Refining ( WNR) initiated at Morgan Stanley with an overweight rating.

STOCK COMMENTS / EPS CHANGES

Aetna ( AET) numbers raised at Jefferies. Price target raised to $54 from $52. 2008 EPS estimates raised to $3.88 from $3.85. Reiterates Hold rating.

Alleghany Energy ( AYE) 2007 estimates raised at Jefferies to $2.20 from $2.15. Maintains Buy rating at $64.50.

Bunge ( BG) 2007 estimates raised at Deutsche Bank by 27 cents to $4.98 a share due to strong fertilizer pricing and higher spot crush margins. Maintained Buy rating.

Citigroup ( C) 2008 estimates cut at Deutsche Bank by 20 cents to $4.70 a share due to concerns over operating leverage, fixed income capital markets, and credit costs. Target price cut to $42.

Citigroup price target lowered at Goldman to $55 from $57 following moderately disappointing quarterly results. Note poor risk management and lack of operating leverage. Maintained Neutral rating.

Dominion Resources ( D) 2008 estimates raised at Deutsche Bank to $6.12 a share to reflect higher 2008 guidance and elimination of out of the money contract with Exelon. Maintained Hold rating.

Dryships ( DRYS) numbers raised at Jefferies. Price target raised to $160 from $108. 2007 EPS estimates raised to $8.30 from $7.33 and 2008 EPS estimates raised to $20.10 from $10.88. Reiterates Buy rating.

Diana Shipping ( DSX) numbers raised at Jefferies. Price target raised to $44 from $35. 2007 EPS estimates raised to $1.81 from $1.77 and 2008 EPS estimates raised to $2.98 from $2.21. Maintains Buy rating.

Duke Energy ( DUK) numbers raised at Jefferies. Price target increased to $19.50 from $19.00. 2007 EPS estimates increased to $1.20 from $1.16 and 2008 EPS estimates increased to $1.25 from $1.24. Maintains Hold rating.

New Oriental Education ( EDU) numbers raised at Jefferies. Price target raised to $75 from $55. 2008 EPS estimates raised to $1.22 from $1.10. Maintains Hold rating.

Eagle Bulk Shipping ( EGLE) numbers raised at Jefferies. Price target raised to $39 from $36. 2007 EPS estimates raised to $1.43 from $1.34. Reiterates Buy rating.

Equinix ( EQIX) estimates raised at Jefferies. 2007 EPS estimates raised from $(0.34) to $(0.32). Maintains Buy rating and $115 price target.

Excel Maritime Carriers ( EXM) numbers raised at Jefferies. Price target raised to $92 from $57. 2007 EPS estimates raised to $3.70 from $3.61. Maintains Buy rating.

Flextronics ( FLEX) 2008 estimates raised at Credit Suisse a penny to $0.89. Believe disconnect between investor sentiment and industry checks creates buying opportunity. Recent checks with suppliers indicate FLEX is cutting SG&A and other costs. Target price at $14.

Genco Shipping and Trading ( GNK) numbers raised at Jefferies. Price target raised to $93 from $82. 2007 EPS estimates raised to $3.20 from $3.14. Reiterates Buy rating.

McDonald's ( MCD) target raised at Merrill Lynch to $63 a share. Sum-of-the-parts valuation. Also expect the company to continue generating above-average comp sales. Buy rating.

Quintana Maritime ( QMAR) numbers raised at Jefferies. Price target raised at $31 from $24. 2007 EPS estimates raised to $1.34 from $1.30. Maintains Buy rating.

Charles Schwab ( SCHW) 2007 estimates raised at Goldman to $0.92 from $0.90 following solid Q3 results. Firm generated recond non-trading revenue and client assets. Operating margins up a very strong 450 basis points. Maintained Neutral rating but raised target price a dollar to $26.

Sonic ( SONC) target price raised at FBR by $1 to $29 following Q4 results. Maintained Outperform rating.

TBS International ( TBSI) numbers raised at Jefferies. Price target raised to $72 from $47. 2007 EPS estimates raised to $2.87 from $2.76. Maintains Buy rating.

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