CHANGE IN RATINGSAccenture ( ACN) upgraded at KeyBanc. Rating raised to Buy from Hold. Introduces $35 price target. Maintains 2009 EPS estimates of $2.60. Chipotle ( CMG) downgraded at Wachovia. Rating lowered to Underperform from Market Perform. Valuation range lowered to $57-$63 from $63-$70. 2009 EPS estimates raised to $2.86 from $2.51. Charles River Laboratories ( CRL) downgraded at Goldman Sachs to Sell from Neutral based on potential shortfall in 2009 earnings. See little evidence that business will recover during second half of the year. Believe guidance is at risk. Price target cut to $20 from $25.
Marriott ( MAR) downgraded at Wachovia. Rating lowered to Market Perform from Outperform. Valuation range raised to $19.50-$20.50 from $17.00-$18.00. 2009 EPS estimates raised to $0.96 from $0.92. Microsoft ( MSFT) upgraded at Morgan Stanley. Rating raised to Overweight from Equal-weight. Price target raised to $24 from $21. Fiscal 2009 EPS estimates raised to $1.68 from $1.65. NII Holdings ( NIHD) downgraded at Credit Suisse to Neutral from Outperform. Believes guidance is achievable but 3G is an overhang. Lowered target price to $20 from $30. Newell Rubbermaid ( NWL) downgraded at BofA/Merrill. Rating lowered to Neutral from Buy. Maintains $9 price target. Maintains 2009 EPS estimates of $0.97. Prudential ( PRU) upgraded at Goldman Sachs to Buy from Sell based on attractive valuation. Believe shares will outperform other life insurers, reducing current discount to book value multiple. Price target raised to $29 from $16. RIM ( RIMM) Upgraded to Buy at Citigroup to buy from hold and price target increased to $100 from $65. Citi expects focus will shift over next few qtrs back to RIMM's unit growth rather than gross margins. RIMM's aggressive promotions (BOGO) open new consumer adoption & accelerate "Smart Becomes Average" view of mainstream adoption vs. former high-end/niche. Enterprise stabilizing & regulatory changes (Mass state encryption) also small help to enterprise units. Trimble Navigation ( TRMB) upgraded at William Blair to Outperform from Market Perform based on reasonable valuation and slight improvements in end-markets. Note recent uptick in Agricultural Billing Index, suggesting stabilization in construction cycle.
United Parcel Service ( UPS)downgraded at Credit Suisse to Underperform from Neutral. Cites recovery not at hand and stock is expensive. Raised target price to $41 from $36. Exco Resources ( XCO) downgraded at Goldman Sachs to Neutral from Buy. shares are up 44% since being upgraded on Jan 22, leaving less potential upside. Maintained $14 target.