CHANGE IN RATINGSDiscovery Communications ( DISCA) upgraded at JPMorgan to neutral from underweight and price target increased to $14 from $11. JPM now see less risk to estimates due to (1) solid Q1 ratings, which should help meet the revenue guidance for the quarter, and (2) increased confidence (following recent meeting with management) in the company's ability to mitigate revenue shortfall, at least partially, through cost cutting. The premium valuation presents downside risk, and JPM does not see near term catalysts at this point. Harley-Davidson ( HOG) downgraded at Keybanc from Hold to Underweight. $12 price target. Financing concerns remain a major issue. Estimates also cut.
STOCK COMMENTS / EPS CHANGESApple ( AAPL) estimates, target raised at Credit Suisse to $133, Credit Suisse said. Company seeing stronger demand for both Macs and iPhones. Outperform rating. Abbott Labs ( ABT) numbers cut at Barclays to $59. Estimates also lowered, because of lower than expected market share for Humira. Overweight rating.
Clorox ( CLX) estimates raised at Barclays through 2010. Company is realizing higher growth and seeing less inventory destocking. Equal-weight rating and $53 price target. Family Dollar ( FDO) 2009 estimates, target raised at Barclays. Estimate increased because of improved efficiency. Equal-weight rating and new $33 price target. Intel ( INTC) 2009 estimates raised at UBS because of higher low-end processor sales. Buy rating and $17 price target. Johnson Controls ( JCI) target raised at UBS to $18. Company has strong liquidity and is restructuring its cost structure. Buy rating. Mosaic ( MOS) estimates lowered at Morgan Stanley through 2010. Company seeing lower potash volume and continued weakness in the offshore segment. Overweight rating and $55 price target. Myriad Genetics ( MYGN) target raised at RBC to $54. Company remains well-positioned ahead of the upcoming earnings report next month. Outperform rating. MetroPCS ( PCS) estimates cut at Morgan Stanley through 2010. Company seeing expenses rise faster than the subscriber count. Overweight rating and $27 price target. Shaw Group ( SGR) numbers reduced at Barclays through 2010. Company had a messy quarter, and lowered guidance despite a higher backlog. Equal-weight rating and new $34 price target.