NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- CHANGE IN RATINGS
Cracker Barrel CBRL downgraded at Keybanc from Buy to Hold, Keybanc said. Company is leveraged to rising commodity costs.
CF Industries CF upgraded at JP Morgan from Neutral to Overweight, JP Morgan said. $253 price target. Supply/demand fundamentals should improve.
Comerica CMA downgraded at Stifel from Hold to Sell, Stifel Nicolaus said. Company lacks near-term catalysts.
CME Group CME downgraded at JP Morgan from Neutral to Underweight, JP Morgan said. Volumes continue to fall and the company trades at a lofty valuation.
Cognizant CTSH rated new Neutral at Credit Suisse. $75 price target. Company has exposure to the financial services industry and its customers may spend less of discretionary purchases.
Quest Diagnostics DGX downgraded at Credit Suisse from Outperform to Neutral, Credit Suisse said. $67 price target. New analyst believes that the risk/reward is balanced at current levels.
HollyFrontier HFC upgraded at Wells from Market Perform to Outperform, Wells Fargo said. Crack spreads are improving across the board.
Knight Transportation KNX downgraded at Citigroup to Neutral from Buy, Citigroup said. $16 price target. Structural cost headwinds and a softening freight environment.
LPL Financial LPLA downgraded at UBS to Sell from Neutral, UBS said. $25 price target. Tough environment persists while scrutiny increases.
MRC Global MRC rated new Buy at Keybanc. $29 price target. Company is a market leader with multiple secular growth drivers.
Children's Place PLCE rated new Buy at Citigroup. $71 price target. Return to positive sales comps.
Transocean RIG downgraded at Guggenheim from Buy to Neutral, Guggenheim said. $50 price target. Company is facing higher Macondo costs and will likely raise less from asset sales.
Splunk SPLK rated new Buy at Needham. $42 price target. Company has multiple potential growth drivers.
Westamerica Bancorp WABC downgraded at KBW from Outperform to Market Perform, Keefe, & Woods said. $50 price target. Company faces net interest margin pressure.
Western Digital WDC downgraded at FBN from Outperform to Sector Perform, FBN Securities said. $45 price target. Company cut its guidance, given lower PC demand.
Werner WERN downgraded at JP Morgan from Overweight to Neutral, JP Morgan said. $24 price target. Company is seeing lower demand and rising fuel costs.
Werner downgraded at Wells from Outperform to Market Perform, Wells Fargo said. Cost headwinds will be worse than expected.
Werner downgraded at Citigroup to Neutral from Buy, Citigroup said. $24 price target. Lackluster freight volumes and longer term margin pressures.
STOCK COMMENTS / EPS CHANGES
Covidien COV numbers raised at Jefferies. Shares of COV now seen reaching $66, Jefferies said. Estimates also raised as COV stays ahead of the pack. Buy rating.
Canadian Pacific CP numbers raised at Citigroup. Shares of CP now seen reaching $100, Citigroup said. Estimates also increased on energy strength. Buy rating.
Cooper Tire CTB numbers upped at Keybanc. CTB estimates were boosted through 2013, Keybanc said. Company is seeing higher volumes, stable pricing and lower input costs. Buy rating and new $24 price target.
Equinix EQIX target raised at Jefferies to $250, Jefferies said. Officially announces conversion attempt. Buy rating.
Exelon EXC target lowered at Jefferies to $39, Jefferies said. Earnings can support dividend through trough years. Buy rating.
Macquarie Infrastructure MIC target raised at Oppenheimer to $48, Oppenheimer said. Fundamentals are strong and dividend could increase. Outperform rating.
Monster Beverage MNST target cut at Citigroup to $68, Citigroup said. Slower growth and energy drink controversies. Neutral rating.
Oracle ORCL target boosted at BMO to $33, according to BMO Capital. Expect the company to deliver solid results next week. Market Perform rating.
Pall PLL numbers raised at Jefferies. Shares of PLL now seen reaching $58, Jefferies said. Estimates also raised on 2013 EPS outlook. Hold rating.
Suntrust STI estimates, target raised at Credit Suisse. Shares of STI now seen reaching $32, according to Credit Suisse. Estimates also increased, given lower expected costs. Outperform rating.
Triumph TGI estimates, target increased at Credit Suisse. TGI estimates were raised through 2014, Credit Suisse said. Company was also added to the Focus List, as margins can continue to improve. Outperform rating and new $79 price target.
Verizon VZ estimates cut at Bernstein through 2013, Bernstein said. Expect higher subsidies for the iPhone 5. Underweight rating and $33 price target.
Woodward WWD estimates, target cut at Credit Suisse. Shares of WWD now seen reaching $43, according to Credit Suisse. Estimates also reduced, given slower expected organic growth. Outperform rating.
STRATEGY CALLS / MARKET CALLS
S&P 500 SPX target increased at JP Morgan. SPX target was raised to 1,495, JP Morgan said. Equity markets are melting up, but still hold attractive relative value.
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