Change in Ratings

Aflac ( AFL) coverage initiated at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey with a buy rating. Sees increased demand in Japan as the government shrinks coverage. Believes the strengthening yen and pre-tax margin increases will boost earnings this year. Price target of $78.00.

Brasil Telecom Participacoes ( BRP) downgraded at JPMorgan to underweight from neutral. Believes stock trading at a premium to TMAR is unjustified. Sees no positive outlook with the Telemar/BRP combination. Price Target reduced to $80.

Anheuser-Busch ( BUD) downgraded at UBS to neutral from buy. Price target raised to $65 from $58. Maintains 2008 EPS estimates of $3.06.

Fifth Third Bancorp ( FITB) downgraded at BMO Capital Markets to market perform from outperform at BMO. Believe charge-offs will come in above management's target, based on deteriorating conditions in housing. Also expect dividend cut. Price target lowered to $16 from $25.

Finisar ( FNSR) downgraded at Piper Jaffray to neutral from buy based on integration risk from its Optium acquisition. Cuts target price to $1.75 from $2.

NetSuite ( N) rated new hold at Deutsche Bank. Believes at current levels, risk/reward is balanced. Sets $22 target price.

Online Resources ( ORCC) rated new buy at Piper Jaffray. Believes company is poised for solid organic revenue growth and has a favorable competitive position. Sets $14.50 target price.

Rent-A-Center ( RCII) coverage initiated at Morgan Keegan with a market perform rating. Note favorable environment for rent-to-own stores based on credit environment, especially for subprime borrowers. Note ongoing legal concerns. Price target at $22.

Time Warner ( TWX) coverage initiated at Stanford Group with a buy rating. Believes new CEO cost cuts initiative improve cash flow. Sees major buybacks and strategic acquisitions if cable unit separates. Price target at $20.00.

WD-40 ( WDFC) downgraded at JPMorgan to underweight from neutral based on rising raw material costs, including fuel and rolled steel. Also noted slower domestic and U.K. retail demand.

Wright Express ( WXS) coverage initiated at Piper Jaffray with a buy rating and $38 target. Note high recurring revenue base of payment processing business and relationships with Citi ( C) and the Dept. of Defense.

Weyerhaeuser ( WY) downgraded at Merrill Lynch to neutral from a buy. Does not see strong enough catalyst to move stock higher. Believes REITs are purer plays to the paper and forest products chain. Lowers price target to $55.00.

Stock Comments/EPS Changes

Darden Restaurants ( DRI) 2008 EPS estimates raised at UBS to $2.75 from $2.73. Maintains buy rating and $39 price target.

Eastman Kodak ( EK) price target cut at Goldman to $17 from $22 based on lower expectations for 2008 and 2009. See lower profitability in consumer digital business, especially inkjet printers, and higher expenses related to Drupa investment. Maintained neutral rating.

Invitrogen ( IVGN) price target lowered at UBS to $45 from $49. Maintains 2008 EPS estimates of $2.45 and neutral rating.

KeyCorp ( KEY) numbers lowered at RBC. Price target lowered to $10 from $15. 2008 EPS estimates lowered to 40 cents from $1.00. Maintains underperform rating.

Qualcomm ( QCOM) numbers raised at Jefferies. 2008 EPS estimates raised to $2.15 from $2.08. Price target raised to $54 from $50. Maintains buy rating.

Steel Dynamics ( STLD) estimates raised at Goldman to $3.55 from $3.40 after management boosted guidance. See higher productivity in flat roll and expect sustainable price strength through 2010. Maintained neutral rating based on valuation.

Symantec ( SYMC) price target raised at Jefferies to $23 from $22. Maintains fiscal 2009 EPS estimates of $1.35 and buy rating.

This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.com Ratings.

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