Apple ( AAPL) coverage assumed at JMP Securities with an Outperform rating.

ABB Ltd ( ABB) downgraded at Deutsche to Hold from Buy.

AnnTaylor ( ANN) initiated at MKM Partners with a Buy rating and $21 price target. Company is a classic retail turnaround story.

Babcock & Wilcox ( BWC) initiated at KeyBanc with a Buy rating and $28 price target. Long-term E&C play on the power sector and one of the few E&C companies that owns and develops its own proprietary technologies.

CIT Group ( CIT) initiated at Barclays with an Overweight rating and $46 price target. CIT has one of the cleanest book values of any publicly traded finance company, Barclays said.

Cree ( CREE) resumed at Kaufman Bros with a Hold rating and $58 price target. Technology leader in their space and a pure-play on the growth in the LED market.

Koppers Holdings ( KOP) resumed at KeyBanc with a Buy rating and $28 price target. Solid earnings growth, entrenched market position, and a healthy balance sheet.

Potash ( POT) downgraded at BMO Capital to Market Perform from Outperform.

Saks ( SKS) downgraded at JP Morgan to Neutral from Overweight.

Stereotaxis ( STXS) initiated at Madison Williams with a Buy rating.

Teekay Offshore Partners ( TOO) upgraded at Citi to Buy from Hold as shuttle tankers gain steam and acquisitions offered. Price target surged to $26 from $15.

Vecco Instruments ( VECO) initiated at Kaufman with a Buy rating and $56 price target. Metrology sale and strong rev growth in 2010 and 2011 both positive for earnings, Kaufman said.


Constellation Energy ( CEG) price target trimmed at Citi by a dollar to $33 due to lower fossil fuel power hedges and conversely higher hedged coal prices. Reiterate Hold rating.

Dollar General ( DG) estimates boosted at Citi. DG 2011 and 2012 EPS estimates increased to $1.74 and $2.08, respectively. Strong 2Q10 results driven by operating margin improvement. Maintain Buy rating.

Dollar General ( DG) estimate raised at Barclays. DG 2010 EPS estimate increased 4 cents to $1.79, 2011 held at $2.22. DG is improving its merchandise offering, boosting its gross margin, and controlling expenses. Reiterate Overweight rating.

FormFactor ( FORM) target, estimates cut at Citi. FORM price target dropped to $15 from $18 as 3Q10 results came up short of expectations. 2010 and 2011 EPS estimates lowered to -$2.28 and -$0.51, respectively. Maintain Buy rating.

O'Reilly Automotive ( ORLY) 2010 estimate lifted at Barclays by a penny to $2.86. O'Reilly's sales outlook remains quite favorable and this should continue for an extended period. Maintain Overweight rating.

Winn-Dixie Stores ( WINN) price target cut at Barclays. WINN price target sunk to $8 from $14 on disappointing 4Q10 results. Maintain Overweight rating.
This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.

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