NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- CHANGE IN RATINGS Air Products ( APD) was downgraded at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch to underperform from neutral. Valuation call, based on a $90 price target, BofA/Merrill said. Apollo Group ( APOL) was upgraded to hold at TheStreet Ratings. Centene ( CNC) was initiated with a buy rating at Lazard Capital Markets. $60 price target. Company will likely grow by entering new states, Lazard Capital Markets said. Garmin ( GRMN) was downgraded to hold at TheStreet Ratings. Humana ( HUM) was initiated with a neutral rating at Lazard Capital Markets. Valuation call, Lazard Capital Markets said. M) was initiated with a buy rating at Stifel Nicolaus. $55 price target. Company dominates the market and can achieve operating leverage, Stifel Nicolaus said. Trimble ( TRMB) was upgraded at Lazard Capital Markets to buy from neutral. $31 price target. Negative macro headlines have created a more attractive entry point, Lazard Capital Markets said. Zoetis ( ZTS) was upgraded to outperform from market perform at BMO Capital. $36 price target. 400 million new shares are hitting the market and any weakness should be seen as a buying opportunity, BMO Capital said.
STOCK COMMENTS/EPS CHANGESAmeriprise Financial ( AMP) estimates were raised at Citigroup. Earnings estimates were increased given a more favorable mix shift, despite a cautious flow outlook, said Citigroup. Bed Bath & Beyond ( BBBY) numbers were increased at Wedbush. Estimates were raised through 2014. Company will likely buy back more stock and see business stabilize, Wedbush said. Outperform rating and new $85 price target. Bed Bath & Beyond estimates were raised at UBS. Earnings estimates were raised as the housing recovery is beginning to be reflected in results, said UBS. Carbo Ceramics ( CRR) numbers were cut at Sterne Agee. Shares are now seen reaching $73. Estimates were also reduced, given near-term uncertainty in Mexico, Sterne Agee said. Neutral rating. CSCO) price target was boosted at Stifel. Shares are now seen reaching $28, according to Stifel Nicolaus. Company appears to have regained its R&D momentum, Stifel Nicolaus said. General Mills ( GIS) price target was boosted at BMO Capital to $52. Company is realizing higher operating profit, BMO Capital said. Outperform rating.
Monsanto ( MON) estimates were raised at UBS. 2013 earnings estimates were raised to reflect the third-quarter beat, said UBS. 2014 and 2015 estimates remain intact. Microsoft ( MSFT) estimates were raised at BMO Capital through 2014. Expect higher Windows and Xbox sales, BMO Capital said. Market Perform rating and $34 price target. Priceline.com ( PCLN) numbers were raised at JMP Securities. Shares are now seen reaching $900. Estimates also increased, Kayak should help drive near-term growth, JMP Securities said. Outperform rating. Precision Castparts ( PCP) numbers were increased at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. Estimates were boosted through 2016. Company is augmenting organic growth with acquisitions, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch said. Buy rating and new $262 price target. VF Corp. ( VFC) price target was raised at UBS to $212. Company has a higher growth profile with several top-line drivers and margin expansion opportunities, said UBS. Vantiv ( VNTV) numbers were raised at Citigroup. Earnings estimates were increased to reflect the debt refinancing and share buybacks, said Citigroup. Price target raised to $32. >To submit a news tip, email: email@example.com. Follow TheStreet on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.