NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- CHANGE IN RATINGSAtlas Energy ( ATLS) initiated with a Neutral rating and $40 price target at JP Morgan. 2010 EPS estimate of $2.92. BJ's Wholesale ( BJ) upgraded at Goldman from Sell to Neutral. $43 price target. Activist investor adds the potential of an LBO to the company's thesis. BJ's Wholesale ( BJ) was upgraded to Buy at Jefferies. New equity investor is seeking to unlock value at the company, which could potentially lead to an LBO. $55 price target. BancorpSouth ( BXS) initiated with a Buy rating and $22 price target at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. The southeast regional bank with 285 branches is trading near cyclical lows. Fortune Brands ( FO) was upgraded from Sell to Hold at Citigroup. $41 price target. Valuation call, as the stock is down 20% over the past month. Garmin ( GRMN) was downgraded to Underperform from Buy at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch on weak consumer spending trends and smartphone cannibalization. Price target lowered to $26 from $43. Linn Energy ( LINE) was initiated with a Buy rating and $31 price target at UBS. Company has a scale advantage over its peers. Nisource ( NI) was upgraded from Hold to Buy at Keybanc. $16 price target. Recent underperformance creates a buying opportunity. Nimin Energy ( NNN) initiated with an Overweight rating and $2.50 price target at Thomas Weisel. High growth, heavy oil play, Thomas Weisel said. Nu Star Energy ( NS) initiated with a Neutral rating and $56 price target at JP Morgan. 2010 EPS estimates of $3.97. Southwestern Energy ( SWN) downgraded at Barclays to Equal Weight from Overweight as weak gas prices may lead to disappointing growth. Price target dropped to $44 from $48.