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Investment Analysts’ ratings reiterations for Friday, February 7th:

Advance Auto Parts (NYSE:AAP) had its neutral rating reissued by analysts at Nomura. They currently have a $120.00 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $115.00. The analysts wrote, “Auto part retailers appear to have ended 2013 on a strong note. Comps accelerated by 80bps to reach 5.4% for ORLY while AAP stemmed declines of nearly 2% during the first nine months to post a 0.1% gain for Q4. The strong exit rate from 2013 is an auspicious start to this year and might imply that the weather effect is real and could continue for several quarters. While the full demand implications are unclear, we believe the trends that supported ORLY and AAP’s acceleration have carried over to Buy-rated AZO.”

Alliance Data Systems Corp. (NYSE:ADS) had its neutral rating reiterated by analysts at Zacks. Zacks currently has a $271.00 target price on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Alliance Data’s fourth-quarter 2013 earnings per share exceeded the Zacks Consensus Estimate as well the year-ago results, driven by solid results across all the segments. The topline fared well on both counts driven by double-digit increase across all the segments and exceeded the $1 billion mark, making it a fifth similar milestone for the company. Core EPS also managed to outperform the guidance. The company’s growth trajectory seems impressive based on its inorganic story. Further, the company has been strengthening its balance sheet to gain financial flexibility. This will allow Alliance Data to capitalize on strategic opportunities. We are optimistic about the dotz coalition loyalty program in Brazil that expanded to 9 regions. Its continued share repurchase programs are also expected to boost its bottom line, thereby enhancing shareholders’ value. However, we are skeptical about the company’s increasing expenses and dependence on limited clients for a major portion of its revenues. We thus remain Neutral on Alliance Data.”

Aetna (NYSE:AET) had its neutral rating reiterated by analysts at Zacks. The firm currently has a $71.00 price target on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Aetna’s fourth-quarter 2013 earnings of $1.34 per share missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by a penny. Earnings were, however, up 43% year over year. The improvement was driven by earnings accretion from the Coventry acquisition as well as higher underwriting margins primarily in the Commercial business, partially offset by lower underwriting margins in the Medicare business. Earnings in 2014 are expected to be impacted by headwinds related to the Affordable Care Act. However, Aetna is poised to benefit from growth in Medicaid and Medicare segments, fast-growing health services segment and an expanding provider network. Aetna has also made considerable investments in products and technology in a bid to extend its core health business and capitalize on exciting new consumer and provider opportunities emerging in the marketplace. A strong balance sheet with low leverage is another positive. We thus maintain a Neutral recommendation on the stock. “

Affymetrix (NASDAQ:AFFX) had its outperform rating reaffirmed by analysts at Zacks. Zacks currently has a $8.50 target price on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Affymetrix posted adjusted earnings of $0.02 for the 2013-fourth quarter compared with a loss of $0.02 in the same quarter of 2012. However, earnings per share missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by $0.05. It was the third consecutive quarter in which Affymetrix was able to maintain its earnings momentum. The company had been posting losses since the first quarter of 2011, until it reported earnings in the 2013-second quarter. The company’s restructuring plan to focus on high growth markets is finally paying off as demonstrated by the bottom line growth in the quarter. Despite a tight academic funding environment, new products, acquisitions along with accretive agreements should propel growth. Additionally, the company’s debt reduction efforts are strengthening its balance sheet. As such, we continue with our Outperform recommendation and set a target of $8.50.”

AFLAC (NYSE:AFL) had its neutral rating reissued by analysts at Zacks. Zacks currently has a $65.00 target price on the stock.

Assurant (NYSE:AIZ) had its neutral rating reissued by analysts at Zacks. The firm currently has a $67.00 price target on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Assurant Inc.’s fourth-quarter 2013 earnings of $1.42 came in a penny ahead of the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Earnings zoomed up 20 times year over year owing to no reportable catastrophe losses during the quarter. A lower share count, due to share repurchases, also boosted the bottom-line results. The company has shown a strong performance in 2013 and we expect it to continue to perform favorably going forward given its strong franchise, consistent cash flow generation, moderate debt ratio and favorably performing solutions business. However, weakness in employee benefits and challenges in the health insurance business are significant headwinds. Specialty property earnings is also expected to decline due to regulatory-mandated price cuts and lower placement rates. Nevertheless, a disciplined capital management strategy by way of regular share repurchases will aid bottom-line growth. We thus maintain our Neutral recommendation on the shares.”

Allstate Corp. (NYSE:ALL) had its neutral rating reissued by analysts at Zacks. The firm currently has a $55.00 target price on the stock.

athenahealth (NASDAQ:ATHN) had its neutral rating reaffirmed by analysts at Zacks. Zacks currently has a $146.00 target price on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Athenahealth’s 2013-fourth-quarter adjusted earnings of $0.43 per share significantly outpaced the Zacks Consensus earnings Estimate by $0.15. Revenues of $171.6 million also surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $169 million. The company has made rapid strides in capturing the EHR business of physician practices. Its takeover of Epocrates in early 2013 will allow it to grow its user base. However, the federal Stimulus is winding down. Larger competitors may benefit from the incumbency factor. Cloud computing may give rise to concerns about privacy and data security. As such, we maintain our Neutral recommendation on the stock and set a target of $146.00.”

AutoZone (NYSE:AZO) had its positive rating reiterated by analysts at Bank of America Corp.. The analysts wrote, “Given positive commentary and material earnings beats from ORLY and AAP yesterday morning, we are raising our estimates and PO on AutoZone. We believe that AZO’s high-margin DIY business should benefit disproportionately from increased demand for batteries, antifreeze, wipers and other weather-related products. In addition, the company’s well-balanced national store network is also an asset. Our new estimates are now as follows: 2014E is $31.89 based on 3% comps ($31.35 on 2% comps prior); 2015E is $36.30 on 2.5% comps ($35.40 on 2.25% comps prior); and 2016E is $41.12 based on 2.25% comps ($40.12 on 2.25% comps prior). Our price objective goes to $561, still based on 15x 2015E EPS.”

Badger Meter (NYSE:BMI) had its neutral rating reaffirmed by analysts at Zacks. The firm currently has a $54.00 target price on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “We are reiterating our Neutral recommendation on Badger Meter with a target price of $54.00. In fourth-quarter 2013, Badger Meter reported record earnings of $0.44 per share, up 12.8% year over year. Badger Meter will continue to benefit from investment in research and development as well as the introduction of several new products. Introduction of E-Series ultrasonic meters with a polymer version and BEACON Advanced Metering Analytics system will help to meet growing customer needs. However, higher construction costs, labor shortage and adverse effects of sequestration may affect the performance of Badger Meter, going forward.”

Canadian Natrl Res (NYSE:CNQ) had its neutral rating reaffirmed by analysts at Zacks. Zacks currently has a $36.00 price target on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “We are maintaining our Neutral investment thesis on Canadian Natural Resources, reflecting a balanced risk/reward profile. The company’s large, diversified oil and gas asset bases, together with international exposure and a well-balanced blend of conventional and unconventional prospects, provides a buffer against uncertainties in the sector. Other positives for CNQ include its active hedging policy, competitive cost structure, strong balance sheet and robust free cash flow. However, the company s exposure to the inherently cyclical and volatile E&P sector offsets these strengths and remains a key area of concern, in our view. The stock has also been held back by operational challenges, continued volatility in natural gas prices and a fresh round of cost inflation in the oil sands regions.”

Expedia (NASDAQ:EXPE) had its neutral rating reissued by analysts at Zacks. The firm currently has a $68.00 target price on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Expedia, Inc., one of the leading online travel companies in the world, exceeded our third quarter bottom-line estimate. The top line numbers were also better than expected, helped by a stronger travel market all over the world, contribution from the VIA and Trivago acquisitions, and strategic expansion in Asia. We continue to believe in management’s growth strategy across markets although we recognize that inventory issues and increasing competition remain concerns. We believe the company’s current growth prospects are reflected in the share price and we are therefore reiterating our Neutral rating on EXPE shares. “

Expedia (NASDAQ:EXPE) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Bank of America Corp.. Bank of America Corp. currently has a $86.00 price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of $75.00. The analysts wrote, “Expedia is an investment in global Online travel with exposure to hotel, air and rental car bookings in the US, Europe and Asia. With 3 strong transaction brands including Expedia, Hotels.com and Hotwire, and its additional exposure to Asia through ownership in eLong and a joint venture with Air Asia, Expedia should benefit from an increasing percentage of travel bookings migrating Online. We expect 8-10% growth in normal travel markets, and we see a 10-18x P/E multiple as reasonable.”

FormFactor (NASDAQ:FORM) had its neutral rating reiterated by analysts at Zacks. They currently have a $6.75 price target on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “FormFactor is an OEM of wafer probe cards used in the back end of the semiconductor manufacturing process. The company posted a narrower-than-expected fourth quarter loss. Management provided decent revenue guidance for the upcoming quarter. We believe that FormFactor’s decision to shift focus away from the PC DRAM market toward mobile segment is likely to be beneficial. Form has the product pipeline and cost structure to register robust growth and profitability going forward. However, we believe the weakening demand for probe cards might prevent the company from absorbing all of its manufacturing costs, impacting margins. We have a Neutral recommendation on FormFactor shares.”

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (NASDAQ:GMCR) had its neutral rating reissued by analysts at Bank of America Corp.. The firm currently has a $108.00 price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of $87.00. The analysts wrote, “After the close on 2/5/2014, GMCR and KO announced a 10 year collaborative agreement on the development and introduction of The Coca-Cola Company’s brand portfolio for use in the Keurig Cold system globally. In connection, KO is purchasing a 10% interest in GMCR…In our 12/06/2013 report ‘Cold Front approaching soft drink industry?’ we highlighted that the advancements of Keurig Cold and the current malaise in the soft drink industry increased the likelihood that one of the major soft drink companies would partner with GMCR. While there are clearly hurdles to driving consumer adoption we believe Keurig Cold can help soft drink companies expand usage occasions. U.S. non-alcohol ready to drink beverage market is $117bn at retail and we estimate an $11b profit pool. This provides ample opportunity for GMCR.”

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (NASDAQ:GMCR) had its outperform rating reissued by analysts at Zacks. They currently have a $123.00 price target on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Green Mountain’s first-quarter 2014 adjusted earnings of $0.96 per share beat both the year-ago quarter levels and the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 26% and 7.8%, respectively. The earnings upswing was on the back of solid top-line growth and operational efficiencies. Net sales rose 4.0% year over year was in line with Zacks Estimate backed by sales growth of Keurig Brewers, single serve packs (K-cups) and Keurig related accessories. We remain impressed with the company’s recent strategic distribution agreements with major beverage companies to bring more popular brands into its K-cups and Vue packs portion cup business. We are also encouraged with stabilizing coffee prices and the company’s cost reduction initiatives. Moreover, the company is upgrading its Keurig brewing technology, after the patents expired in 2012. It has also launched many affordable Keurig models to attract customers, thus, reducing competitive risk. Hence, we rate the stock as Outperform. “

GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE:GSK) had its neutral rating reaffirmed by analysts at Zacks. Zacks currently has a $55.00 price target on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Glaxo’s fourth quarter earnings of $1.64 per ADS was above the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.00 and the year-ago earnings of $0.57 per ADS. Revenues were up 5% year over year at CER to $11.2 billion above the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $11.1 billion. Glaxo expects to report revenue growth of approximately 2% with core earnings growth of 4%-8% for 2014. We believe new products should continue to boost revenues in coming quarters. We are encouraged by the progress in Glaxo’s pipeline, its efforts to control cost and restructuring operations. However, we remain concerned about the challenges faced by the company in the form of generic competition and pricing pressure. Thus, we maintain a Neutral recommendation on the stock.”

Huntington Bancshares (NASDAQ:HBAN) had its neutral rating reiterated by analysts at Zacks. Zacks currently has a $9.50 price target on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Huntington’s fourth-quarter 2013 earnings beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate, primarily due to a decline in expenses. Moreover, the company experienced a fall in provision for loan losses. However, top-line contraction was a headwind. The company has a solid franchise in the Midwest and is focused on capitalizing on its growth opportunities. Alongside, its capital deployment initiatives are encouraging. However, revenue headwinds are a concern. Further, amid a tepid economic recovery, low interest rate and tough regulatory environment, we remain somewhat skeptical about the company’s ability to drive earnings in the quarters ahead.”

InterMune (NASDAQ:ITMN) had its positive rating reaffirmed by analysts at Summer Street.

Johnson Controls (NYSE:JCI) had its neutral rating reaffirmed by analysts at Zacks. They currently have a $48.00 target price on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Earnings at Johnson Controls rose 32.7% to $0.69 per share in first-quarter fiscal 2014, in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The year-over-year rise was driven by relentless focus on operational and cost efficiency. Revenues in the quarter went up 4.7% to $10.9 billion, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $10.7 billion. Revenues benefited from enhanced global automotive production partially offset by lower Building Efficiency revenues. The company expects higher sales and earnings in fiscal 2014, based on its continued market leadership in core businesses and strong overall performance. Moreover, the company is poised to benefit from the recent acquisitions and partnerships. However, high competition and pressure to reduce prices are the downsides. As a result, we maintain our Neutral recommendation on the stock.”

Kellogg (NYSE:K) had its neutral rating reaffirmed by analysts at Zacks. Zacks currently has a $61.00 target price on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Kellogg’s fourth-quarter 2013 adjusted earnings of $0.83 per share beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by a penny and increased 18.8% as the softer top-line performance was offset by overhead cost savings and lower taxes. Revenues fell 1.7% once again due to lower volumes in the U.S. snacks and cereals businesses. However, Kellogg has strong fundamentals with its solid brand positioning, geographic diversity and significant investments behind innovation, marketing and supply-chain initiatives. We are also encouraged by the growth potential, diversification and international presence that the Pringles deal provides. However, the strained cereal and snacks categories keep us on the sidelines. Though the new cost savings plan, Project K, will free up funds for brand building, innovation and overall growth, it would easily take a couple of years before it delivers substantial results.”

LaBarge (NYSE:LB) had its positive rating reissued by analysts at Nomura. The analysts wrote, “LB’s 3rd consecutive 9% January comp vastly outperformed expectations as the semi-annual sales drove stronger-than-expected topline at “significant” merch margin pressure, leading the company to guide to EPS only ‘slightly above’ its prior guidance. Although challenging mall traffic forced a promotional driven comp, we do believe the calendar impacted the headline margin number. We maintain our Neutral rating in the face of ongoing challenging trends and our expectation for a below-consensus FY14 guide.”

Magna International (NYSE:MGA) had its outperform rating reissued by analysts at Zacks. They currently have a $101.00 target price on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Magna posted a 35.4% increase in adjusted earnings per share to $1.53 in the third quarter of 2013, outpacing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.33. Revenues rose 12.5% to $8.34 billion, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $8.26 billion. For 2013, Magna expects revenues between $33.9 billion and $34.8 billion. Magna is expanding its footprint globally through the establishment of a powertrain facility in China, a seat component plant in Serbia and a firm in Turkey. In addition, stringent regulatory requirements are expected to boost sales in the future. The company also maintains a strong cash position which facilitates regular capital deployment. We have maintained our Outperform recommendation on the stock. “

NCI Building Systems (NYSE:NCS) had its neutral rating reiterated by analysts at Zacks. They currently have a $19.00 target price on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “We maintain our Neutral recommendation on NCI Building with a target price of $19.00. The company reported adjusted earnings per share of $0.10 in the fourth quarter, up 25% year over year and ahead of the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $0.07. Sales also climbed 11% year over year to $400 million, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The company expects Coatings group to benefit from higher volumes driven by growth in third-party sales. However, the Architectural Billing Index in Dec 2013 slipped to 48.5 from 49.8 in Nov. Furthermore, volatile steel prices and rising interest rates remain concerns. Moreover, uncertainty in the global economic scenario and adverse weather conditions are headwinds as well.”

News Corp. (NASDAQ:NWSA) had its equal weight rating reaffirmed by analysts at Morgan Stanley. The firm currently has a $16.00 price target on the stock. The analysts wrote, “NWSA is a company in transition. But encouragingly, 2Q F2014 earnings beat our expectations. Valuation looks interesting on a sum-of-the-parts approach and will be boosted if confidence can be gained that Newspaper/Print earnings have bottomed.”

ON Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ:ONNN) had its neutral rating reaffirmed by analysts at Zacks. Zacks currently has a $8.75 price target on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “ON Semiconductor is an OEM of primarily analog semiconductors used in diverse end markets. December quarter earnings were above the Zacks Consensus. There are signs of a much stronger first quarter, driven by design wins across multiple markets and possible share gains. However, while improving end markets, acquisitions, product breadth, diversification across end markets and geographies, and the benefits of restructuring actions are positives, the significant debt position, ever-increasing competition and integration risks related to SANYO remain concerns. We have a Neutral recommendation on ONNN shares.”

OpenTable (NASDAQ:OPEN) had its neutral rating reaffirmed by analysts at Morgan Stanley. The firm currently has a $81.00 target price on the stock, down from their previous target price of $83.00. The analysts wrote, “OpenTable is a way to gain exposure to the increasing use of the Internet to conduct transactions and demand by restaurants to automate the reservation process. With a 10-year head start in North America building its restaurant installed base, OpenTable has network effects that are difficult for competitors to replicate. We also view OpenTable as beneficiary of the growth of mobile including smartphones and apps.”

O’Reilly Automotive (NASDAQ:ORLY) had its neutral rating reiterated by analysts at Nomura. The firm currently has a $150.00 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $140.00. The analysts wrote, “Auto part retailers appear to have ended 2013 on a strong note. Comps accelerated by 80bps to reach 5.4% for ORLY while AAP stemmed declines of nearly 2% during the first nine months to post a 0.1% gain for Q4. The strong exit rate from 2013 is an auspicious start to this year and might imply that the weather effect is real and could continue for several quarters. While the full demand implications are unclear, we believe the trends that supported ORLY and AAP’s acceleration have carried over to Buy-rated AZO.”

Plains All Amer (NYSE:PAA) had its neutral rating reiterated by analysts at Zacks. They currently have a $54.00 price target on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. exited 2013 with earnings per unit surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimates primarily due to sturdy topline coupled with decrease in field operating costs. Top line fared well on the strength of higher revenues from all reporting segments. We note that the partnership is continuously investing to expand its existing operations and add new assets at its portfolio, backed by stable financial position. In addition, strong financial profile enables Plains All to maximize unitholders’ wealth through hiking quarterly cash distribution rate at regular intervals. The partnership’s practice to paying incremental cash distribution helps it to retain investors’ attention on the stock. However, over-dependence on third-party service providers at the supply and logistics segment could mar the aforesaid positives. We maintain our Neutral recommendation on the stock.”

PPL Corp. (NYSE:PPL) had its neutral rating reiterated by analysts at Zacks. Zacks currently has a $32.00 target price on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “PPL Corporation’s earnings per share in fourth-quarter and full-year 2013 surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate as well as the year-ago results primarily on the back of improvement in supply of domestic retail electricity and lower energy purchases expenses. The company’s every segments posted higher earnings in the reported quarter. On the revenue front, quarterly and annual figures decreased year over year mainly due to lower unregulated wholesale energy sales. We have spotted several value drivers, including the company’s stable liquidity profile, efficient cash generation capacity and systematic capital spending program, which will likely boost upcoming performance. However, higher operating expenses, stringent utility regulations and several operational risks raise concerns. Thus, we have maintained our Neutral recommendation on the stock.”

Perrigo (NASDAQ:PRGO) had its neutral rating reiterated by analysts at Zacks. They currently have a $154.00 target price on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Perrigo Company’s second quarter fiscal 2014 earnings of $1.87 per share beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by $0.27. Net sales in the second quarter climbed 11% to $979 million. Newly launched products aided revenues by $53 million. Revenues fell short of the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $996 million. Perrigo expects earnings per share (on an adjusted basis) for fiscal 2014 to be in the range of $6.45-$6.70, up 15%-19%. Perrigo’s acquisition of Elan is expected to boost fiscal 2014 earnings by $0.10 per share and fiscal 2015 earnings by $0.70-$0.80 inclusive of synergies. We expect investor focus to remain on the performance of the combined entity. We maintain our Neutral view on the stock.”

Prudential Financial (NYSE:PRU) had its outperform rating reaffirmed by analysts at Zacks. The firm currently has a $99.00 price target on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Prudential Financial’s fourth-quarter 2013 earnings of $2.20 missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by three cents. Earnings, however, grew 25% year over year. Result’s suffered from a charge of $1.2 billion. Despite the miss, we expect that going forward the company’s results will benefit from a shift towards higher return businesses, organic growth, capital deployment, and accretion from recent transactions – Hartford’s life block, GM pension block and Star/Edison. Prudential generates a substantial portion of its earnings from international markets, primarily Japan, where the company should continue earning high returns given its strong and favorable competitive position. However, low interest rates, strict capital regulations, and a weak group line of business are some of the potential headwinds. Nevertheless, the company boasts of a strong balance sheet and investment grade ratings from rating agencies. We thus maintain our Outperform recommendation on the stock. “

Everest Re Group (NYSE:RE) had its neutral rating reaffirmed by analysts at Zacks. They currently have a $144.00 price target on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Everest Re posted strong fourth-quarter 2013 earnings. Both bottom line as well as top line faired well year over year and also surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Several strategic initiatives and significantly higher underwriting income boosted the results. Additionally, the company has a strong balance sheet profile, a seasoned management team and huge market share in the insurance and reinsurance industry. Everest Re is witnessing improving rates in its reinsurance and insurance lines of businesses. The company’s overseas business is also performing strongly and the trend is expected to continue in the future. Everest Re’s 10-year average combined ratio has remained below the breakeven levels which signify its underwriting profitability. It has also been generating stable cash flows from operations. However, the company has exposure to catastrophes that causes volatility to its earnings. Also, declining net investment income due to low interest rate environment and decreasing limited partnership income remain as primary concerns. Everest Re presently has a Neutral recommendation. “

Republic Services (NYSE:RSG) had its neutral rating reissued by analysts at Zacks. Zacks currently has a $33.00 target price on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Republic Services reported strong fourth quarter 2013 results with year-over-year increases in both revenues and earnings that comfortably beat the respective Zacks Consensus Estimates. Republic Services is one of the premier waste management companies in the U.S. and is currently focusing on a series of quality acquisition opportunities. In addition, the company has a healthy liquidity position and has historically returned considerable cash to shareholders through steady dividends and share repurchases. However, increased competitive pressure and soft economic conditions are likely to peg back its profitability to some extent. We maintain our long-term Neutral recommendation for the stock as we anticipate it to perform in line with the broader market. “

Stericycle (NASDAQ:SRCL) had its neutral rating reaffirmed by analysts at Zacks. Zacks currently has a $120.00 price target on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Stericycle reported strong fourth quarter 2013 results with a decent year over year increase in earnings and revenues. The company is witnessing strong growth worldwide, driven by new account acquisitions and expansion of its portfolio of service offerings. Its acquisition pipeline remains robust across various geographies and lines of business. However, the recent spate in acquisitions is leading to higher overheads and integration-related costs, which could have an adverse impact on operating margins in future. Nevertheless, we maintain our Neutral recommendation on the stock as we anticipate it to perform in line with the broader market.”

Teradata Corp. (NYSE:TDC) had its neutral rating reaffirmed by analysts at Zacks. The firm currently has a $43.00 price target on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Teradata reported strong fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 results. Earnings beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by $0.05. Revenues increased due to higher services revenues. Although we believe that new customer wins, existing relationships with large vendors as well as international expansion will benefit the company, lack of visibility around the future of its Big Data products makes us apprehensive. This apart, increased investment in sales, a sluggish spending environment in the domestic market and competition from other major companies are resulting in continued pricing pressure, which will likely limit margin expansion going forward. Thus we have a Neutral recommendation and set a target price of $43.00.”

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (NASDAQ:TEVA) had its neutral rating reissued by analysts at Zacks. Zacks currently has a $47.00 price target on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Teva’s fourth quarter EPADS of $1.42 were a couple of cents above the Zacks Consensus Estimate and 7.6% above the year-ago earnings. Fourth quarter revenues grew 3.4% to $5.430 billion, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $5.237 billion. Teva is going through a transition period and 2014 will be a challenging year for the company. Headwinds include new competition for branded products and fewer generic product launches. Moreover, the company could start facing generic competition for Copaxone which would cut 2014 earnings by 60 cents and revenues by $500 million. While the company’s new strategy looks good, execution remains the key. We prefer to remain on the sidelines given the low visibility on long-term growth prospects. “

Tractor Supply (NASDAQ:TSCO) had its neutral rating reissued by analysts at Zacks. Zacks currently has a $68.00 target price on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “We commend Tractor Supply’s consistent endeavors to remain focused on growth, which has produced desirable results amid a soft economic environment. The company’s fourth-quarter 2013 earnings remained solid, improving year over year and beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate. We believe that Tractor Supply’s sustained focus on revamping itself by concentrating on square footage growth and maximizing store productivity bode well for its future. However, the company’s conservative initial fiscal 2014 guidance compel us to remain on the sidelines. Moreover, we remain somewhat wary due to the sluggish economic recovery and challenges posed by unfavorable weather conditions in the farmers’ business operations. Hence, we have maintained our long-term Neutral recommendation on the stock.”

Tetra Tech (NASDAQ:TTEK) had its neutral rating reaffirmed by analysts at Zacks. Zacks currently has a $30.00 target price on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “We are maintaining our Neutral recommendation on Tetra Tech with a target price of $30. The company’s focus on organic growth and new contracts is largely responsible for its progress. The company reported modest first-quarter 2014 earnings. The recent issuing of the U.S. federal spending bill might also lend visibility to the company’s government business, going forward. Backlog increased marginally driven by the company’s business in the oil and gas market but was offset partially owing to the negative foreign currency impact of $30 million from Canada. Also, the lingering weakness in the Eastern Canadian business especially the mining sector is expected to adversely impact its business in the upcoming quarters.”

Vulcan Materials (NYSE:VMC) had its outperform rating reiterated by analysts at Zacks. They currently have a $79.00 target price on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Vulcan’s fourth quarter 2013 adjusted earnings of $0.08 per share surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of a loss of $0.03 per share. Total revenue also beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate and increased 11.8% from the prior-year quarter. The earnings and revenue beat was driven by an increase in volume in all the segments and pricing in most of the segments, except Asphalt Mix. The company benefited from improved product demand owing to broad based recovery in private construction activity, especially residential. Improved demand also favored pricing across most of its markets. Additionally, most of the volume and pricing increase was noted in the Aggregates segment. In addition, recent sale of its non-core cement and concrete businesses in Florida will strengthen Vulcan Materials’ financial position and help it to focus its resources on flagship aggregates segments. Also, the reduction in debt will lower the company’s interest expense, thereby boosting profits. We, therefore, maintain an Outperform recommendation on the stock with target price of $79.00. “

Wisconsin Energy Corp. (NYSE:WEC) had its outperform rating reissued by analysts at Zacks. Zacks currently has a $50.00 target price on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Wisconsin Energy’s fourth quarter earnings per share exceeded the Zack Consensus Estimate as well as year ago earnings. Top line also fared well on both counts. The company was also able to increase its electric and natural gas customers from the previous year level. We expect the customer additions will help the company to better its performance from 2013 level. Its continued stable performance, completion of a biomass plant in Rothschild, and strong earnings potential on the back of its Power the Future’ plan bodes well for the future. The company’s focus on expanding its gas generation capabilities is appreciable as coal is expected to become a less attractive option due to strict environment legislations. We believe these positives will collectively help the company to boost its forthcoming results. Other positives include its effective share repurchase program and increased dividend payment, which are expected to attract investor attention to the stock.”

Weyerhaeuser (NYSE:WY) had its neutral rating reaffirmed by analysts at Zacks. The firm currently has a $31.00 target price on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Weyerhaeuser reported $0.27 earnings per share in the fourth-quarter 2013, up $0.01 year over year and in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Revenue rose by 12.8% as all business segments posted improved results. Gross margin suffered a bit due to rise in cost of sales. For the first quarter of 2014, export demand is likely to remain high in the Timberlands segment, while higher lumber volumes and prices will drive earnings in the Wood products segment. Earnings in the Cellulose Fibers segment will decline due to decline in pulp sales volume and higher expenses. Spin-off or split-off of WRECO to TRI Pointe Homes will favor Weyerhaeuser as the transaction will be tax-free for the company. Also, the company targets to achieve a dividend payout of up to 75% of funds available for distribution in the long run. However, stiff competition, adverse currency translation and geopolitical issues cannot be completely ignored. Considering all these, we maintain our Neutral recommendation.”

XL Group PLC (NYSE:XL) had its neutral rating reaffirmed by analysts at Zacks. Zacks currently has a $30.00 target price on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “XL Group’s fourth-quarter 2013 earnings per share surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate as well as the year-ago results. Lower natural catastrophe losses due to a benign cat environment and higher net income from investment funds and investment manager operating affiliates aided the upside. Underwriting results rebounded to a profit from loss incurred in year ago period.. The company also witnessed reduced expenses. Though the Insurance segment wrote lower premiums, it experienced growth in the North American business group – Property lines in particular, robust new business in emerging Political Risk and Crisis Management businesses, and favorable pricing and renewals across the majority of the businesses. Net investment income continues to witness a decline. XL Group remains focused to enhance its shareholders value. Based on the company s conservative underwriting practices and repositioned P&C portfolio, we expect XL Group to fare well going forward. “

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