NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- CHANGE IN RATINGS American Eagle ( AEO) upgraded at Janney from Neutral to Buy. Checks suggest that the company had strong holiday sales. Margins should also improve. Acme Packet ( APKT) downgraded at Wedbush from Outperform to Neutral, Wedbush said. $26 price target. Weak SP business will continue to weigh on results. Acme Packet downgraded at Deutsche from Buy to Hold, Deutsche Bank said. $30 price target. Company is seeing weaker demand across the board. Best Buy ( BBY) downgraded to hold at TheStreet Ratings. Church & Dwight ( CHD) downgraded at BMO from Outperform to Market Perform. $48 price target. Valuation call, as the stock was up 33% last year. Clearwire ( CLWR) downgraded at Kaufman from Buy to Hold, Kaufman Bros. said. $2 price target. Revenue could be flattish this year and the company may need additional funding. Chipotle ( CMG) added to Conviction Buy List at Goldman Sachs. Higher sales can drive margin expansion. Compass Minerals ( CMP) downgraded at Ticonderoga from Buy to Neutral, Ticonderoga said. Estimates also cut, given lower snowfall levels. Dunkin Brands ( DNKN) upgraded at Goldman from Sell to Neutral, Goldman Sachs said. Valuation call. Energizer ( ENR) downgraded at BMO from Outperform to Market Perform, BMO Capital said. $83 price target. Valuation call, as the stock is up 23% over the past three months. Ford ( F) rated new Neutral at Guggenheim. Demand could remain slow across the board in 2012. Fusion-io ( FIO) rated new Hold at Benchmark. Valuation call. General Motors ( GM) rated new Neutral at Guggenheim. Demand will likely remain slow in Europe. GNC ( GNC) rated new Buy at Deutsche. $36 price target. Checks suggest that industry growth trends remain intact. Groupon ( GRPN) rated new Neutral at Collins Stewart. $19 price target. Growth appears to be slowing. Harsco Corporation ( HSC) downgraded at KeyBanc from Buy to Hold. Persisting demand challenges in two largest business segments. Heartland Express ( HTLD) downgraded at Morgan Keegan from Outperform to Market Perform, Morgan Keegan said. Valuation call, based on a $15 price target. Johnson Controls ( JCI) rated new Buy at Guggenheim. Profitability should continue to improve in North America. NetApp ( NTAP) downgraded at Credit Suisse from Outperform to Neutral, Credit Suisse said. $42 price target. Survey suggests that growth could slow in the company's core business.
SAP ( SAP) downgraded at Ticonderoga from Hold to Sell, Ticonderoga said. Estimates also cut, as checks suggest lower software demand. Steel Dynamics ( STLD) upgraded at BofA Merrill from Neutral to Buy, Bank of America Merrill Lynch said. $17 price target. Stock has lagged and market conditions are poised to improve in the near term. AT&T ( symbol) downgraded at Pacific Crest to Sector Perform, Pacific Crest said. Wireless data growth is facing increased headwinds. TiVo ( TIVO) upgraded at Evercore from Equal-Weight to Overweight, Evercore Partners said. $12 price target. AT&T settlement larger and sooner than expected. Warnaco ( WRC) upgraded at Morgan Stanley from Underweight to Equal-weight, Morgan Stanley said. Company should post solid quarterly results next week.
STOCK COMMENTS / EPS CHANGESAgilent ( A) added to Top Pick List at JP. Company can deliver above-average growth in the coming quarters. Apple ( AAPL) estimates increased at Credit Suisse through 2013, Credit Suisse said. Company is seeing higher iPhone sales. Outperform rating and $500 price target. Acme Packet ( APKT) numbers cut at Goldman. Shares of APKT now seen reaching $30, according to Goldman Sachs. Estimates also reduced, given lower service provider demand. Neutral rating. Acuity Brands ( AYI) numbers raised at Jefferies. Shares of AYI now seen reaching $47, Jefferies said. Estimates also raised on signs of improving building conditions. Hold rating. CBOE Holdings ( CBOE) estimates lowered at Jefferies through 2012, Jefferies said. In line growth, lacking catalysts. Hold rating. EMC ( EMC) added to US Focus List at Credit Suisse. Company can see solid secular growth over the next several quarters. Juniper ( JNPR) estimates, target cut at Pacific Crest. Shares of JNPR now seen reaching $26, according to Pacific Crest. Estimates also reduced, as data monetization models appear to be broken. Lululemon ( LULU) added to Conviction Buy List at Goldman Sachs. $64 price target. Estimates also boosted, given continued sales momentum. 3M ( MMM) target raised at Jefferies to $94, Jefferies said. Growing C&O with acquisition from Avery Dennison. Buy rating. Monsanto ( MON) estimates upped at Credit Suisse through 2013, Credit Suisse said. Grain prices remain favorable. Neutral rating and $75 price target.
Union Pacific ( UNP) estimates raised at JP Morgan through 2013. Company is leveraged to demand from shale and fracking activities. Overweight rating. Varian Medical Systems ( VAR) numbers raised at UBS. Shares of VAR now seen reaching $71, according to UBS. Estimates also increased on strong hospital capex survey. Maintain Neutral rating. >To submit a news tip, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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