Analysts' Actions: AAPL, BHI, REG, TXN
NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- CHANGE IN RATINGS
Apple(AAPL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup with a $575 price target. Near-term cuts bring risks into focus.
Baker Hughes (BHI) was downgraded to Equal-Weight at Morgan Stanley with a $50 price target. Activity has deteriorated faster than expected in North America.
Cepheid(CPHD) was initiated as a Buy at Bonk of America/Merrill Lynch with a $40 price target. Company is a leader in a quickly growing market.
Dean Foods (DF) was initiated with an Overweight rating at Morgan Stanley with a $22 price target. Expect stability in the fluid milk business and the company is cutting costs.
Esterline(ESL) was initiated with a Neutral rating at Goldman Sachs with a $73 price target. Margins and returns are at the low end of the industry.
Informatica(INFA) was upgraded from Neutral to Overweight at Piper Jaffray with a $36 price target. Worst appears behind the company in Europe.
Molycorp (MCP) was initiated with a Neutral rating at Goldman Sachs with an $11 price target. Company lacks visibility on the cost side.
ON Semiconductor (ONNN) was upgraded from Neutral to Buy at Sterne Agee with a $9 price target. Company has multiple potential near-term catalysts.
Pool(POOL) was initiated with a Buy rating at Keybanc with a $49 price target. Company deserves a premium valuation.
Post(POST) was initiated with a Buy rating at Goldman Sachs with a $40 price target. Company is turning itself around.
Regency Center (REG) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup with a $50 price target. Valuation call.
Sandridge(SD) was downgraded from Hold to Sell at Canaccord Genuity with a $4 price target. Do not expect a takeover bid to materialize.
Tanger Factory (SKT) was upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup with a $37.50 price target. Pure play outlet portfolio shoudl drive NOI growth.
Simon Property Group (SPG) was upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup with a $173 price target. Mall and outlet platform should provide solid NOI growth.
Tenet Healthcare (THC) was upgraded from Hold to Buy at Deutsche Bank with a $38 price target. Business mix and margins are improving.
Texas Instruments (TXN) was downgraded from Neutral to Underperform at Sterne Agee with a $27 price target. Exit from the wireless segment will weigh on sales and margins.
Valassis(VCI) was downgraded from Overweight to Neutral at JP Morgan with a $30 price target. Valuation call, as the stock is up 41% year-to-date.
STOCK COMMENTS / EPS CHANGES
Apple(AAPL) estimates, target cut at Canaccord. Shares of AAPL now seen reaching $750, according to Canaccord Genuity. Estimates also reduced, given lower expected iPad sales. Buy rating.
ARIAD Pharma (ARIA) numbers lowered at Jefferies. Shares of ARIA now seen reaching $23, Jefferies said. Estimates also lowered on safety issues for Iclusig. Buy rating.