NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- CHANGE IN RATINGSHome Depot ( HD) was upgraded to buy from hold at Jefferies. $85 price target. Weather should not impeded ability to post strong first quarter comp store sales, Jefferies said. MasterCard ( MA) was downgraded to neutral at Sterne Agee. The valuation is fair and there is a lack of positive momentum in the business, said Sterne Agee. Abbott Laboratories ( ABT) was rated new neutral at Credit Suisse. Valuation call, based on a $40 price target, Credit Suisse said. Fidelity National Information Services ( FIS) was downgraded to neutral given limited upside at Sterne Agee. The thesis has played out and the stock should perform in-line with the S&P 500, said Sterne Agee. Visa ( V) was downgraded to neutral at Sterne Agee. The valuation is fair and headline risks are a modest concern, said Sterne Agee.
Abaxis ( ABAX) was downgraded from buy to hold at Stifel. Valuation call, as the stock is up 30% year-to-date. Stifel Nicolaus said. AMC Networks ( AMCX) upgraded from sell to neutral at B. Riley. $61 price tagret. Starz/Encore merger could create value B. Riley said. Fiserv ( FISV) was downgraded from buy to neutral at Sterne Agee. Valuation call, as the stock has approached the previous $93 price target, Sterne Agee said. Universal Display ( PANL ) wa upgraded from perform to outperform at Oppenheimer. $37 price target. Expect better OLED market growth in the near term, Oppenheimer said. Bankrate ( RATE) was upgraded from hold to buy at Stifel. $17 price target. Earnings may have reached a trough, Stifel Nicolaus said. Vitamin Shoppe ( VSI) was upgraded to outperform from neutral at Wedbush. Channel checks are strong and the stock has an attractive valuation. Price target goes to $62, said Sterne Agee.
STOCK COMMENTS/EPS CHANGES Air Methods ( AIRM ) numbers were raised at Oppenheimer. Shares are now seen reaching $53, according to Oppenheimer. Estimates also increased, given better pricing growth. Outperform rating. Caterpillar ( CAT) estimates, target were cut at Credit Suisse. Shares are now seen reaching $110, according to Credit Suisse. Estimates also reduced following the recent dealer survey. Outperform rating.
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