NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- CHANGE IN RATINGSAbbott Laboratories ( ABT) was upgraded at Goldman Sachs ( GS) was upgraded to buy from neutral at Goldman Sachs. $44 price target. Growth poised to accelerated with margin expansion, Goldman said. Accenture ( ACN) was upgraded at Goldman Sachs to buy. $90 price target. Consulting business is turning around, Goldman said. American Greetings ( AM) ( AM) was upgraded to buy at TheStreet Ratings. Brinker ( EAT) was downgraded at Wells Fargo to market perform from outperform. Sales growth should continue to decelerate, Wells Fargo said. Equifax ( EFX) was downgraded at Goldman Sachs to neutral from buy. Valuation call, Goldman said.
General Dynamics ( GD) was upgraded at Drexel Hamilton to buy. $88 price target. Company will likely not be hurt as much by defense budget cuts, Drexel Hamilton said. HigherOne Holdings ( ONE) was upgraded to hold at TheStreet Ratings. CarMax ( KMX) was downgraded at William Blair to market perform at BMO Capital Markets. Expectations are high going in the first-quarter report, and valuation is rich, BMO Capital Markets said. J.C. Penney ( JCP) was upgraded at Maxim Group to buy from hold. $27 price target. Recent change in strategy should drive traffic back to the stores, Maxim said. Kansas City Southern ( KSU) was downgraded at Stifel Nicolaus to sell from hold. Valuation call, Stifel Nicolaus said. Michael Kors ( KORS) was initiated with a buy rating at Canaccord Genuity. North American wholesale is an underappreciated growth opportunity, Canaccord said. Price target is $82. Lowe's ( LOW) was downgraded at Oppenheimer to perform from outperform. Valuation call, Oppenheimer said.
NetApp ( NTAP) was downgraded at Robert Baird to outperform from neutral. Company is facing increased competition, Robert Baird said. Priceline.com ( PCLN) was upgraded at Deutsche Bank to buy from hold. $900 price target. Expect industry fundamentals to improve in the second half of the year, Deutsche Bank said. Red Hat ( RHT) was downgraded at BMO Capital Markets to market perform from outperform. $54 price target. Stock is up 15% in May, even though business is decelerating, BMO Capital said. Range Resources ( RRC) was downgraded at Stifel Nicolaus to hold from buy. Valuation call, as the stock is up 22% year to date, Stifel Nicolaus said.
Wisconsin Energy ( WEC) was downgraded at Robert Baird to neutral from outperform. Valuation call, Baird said. STOCK COMMENTS/EPS CHANGES Advanced Micro Devices ( AMD) price target and estimates were raised at UBS. Estimates were increased to reflect the semi-custom chip opportunity, said UBS. Price target goes to $4.50. Boeing ( BA) estimates, price target were boosted at Stifel Nicolaus. Shares are now seen reaching $115.Estimates also upped, given expected margin improvement, Stifel Nicolaus said. Best Buy ( BBY) price target and estimates were raised at UBS. Estimates were increased ahead of reporting first-quarter results. Sales stability and cost-cutting initiatives are expected to be reported, UBS said. Price target goes to $27. Buckeye Partners ( BPL) price target and estimates were raised at UBS. BPL estimates were increased to reflect additional profit and revenue from Buckeye Pipeline Co. and BORCO, said UBS. Price target goes to $70. Charter Communications ( CHTR) price target and estimates were raised at Citigroup. Estimates were increased on the first-quarter beat and lower-than-expected interest expense going forward, Citigroup said. Price target goes to $131. Discover Financial ( DFS) price target and estimates were raised at KBW. Estimates were raised given improving credit trends and an expectation for benign ramp in credit losses, said KBW. Price target goes to $57. J.C. Penney ( JCP) price target and estimates were reduced at BMO Capital Markets. Estimates were reduced given the first-quarter miss and increased interest expense, said BMO Capital Markets. Price target goes to $7. Kraft Foods ( KFT) numbers were raised at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. Shares are now seen reaching $62. Estimates were also increased, given higher productivity, BoF/Merrill said. Buy rating. Medtronic ( MDT) price target was raised at Citigroup to $57 given a higher peer group valuation, said Citigroup. Tesoro ( TSO) price target and estimates were raised at UBS. FTC clearance for the Carson refinery acquisition was received, said UBS. Price target goes to $69. VF Corp. ( VFC) price target was raised at Citigroup. Price target was raised to $219. The June analyst day will serve as a key catalyst for the stock, Citi said. >To submit a news tip, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow TheStreet on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.