Goldman Sachs Raised After Strong Finish and 4 Stock Analyses Making Rounds

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE:GS): Given the strong finish to the year, higher investing and lending contributions, one-time items, and capital discipline, Credit Suisse raised their Goldman Sachs fourth quarter estimate from $2.50 to $4.60. Shares are Outperform rated with a $145 price target.

Limited Brands, Inc. (NYSE:LTD): Ahead of December comps, Cowen continues to recommend the purchase of Limited Brands and calls it a top idea, noting their 4.3% yield and estimates for a 15% growth rate in 2013. Shares are Outperform rated.

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Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ:SONC): Sterne Agee relays that Sonic Corp.’s first quarter same-store sales rose by 2.2% and the firm maintains a $12 price target and Buy rating on the shares.

Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (NYSE:GWR): After regulators approved the company’s acquisition of RailAmerica (NYSE:RA), Stephens increased their target on Genesee & Wyoming Inc. The firm thinks that Genesee & Wyoming will be able to use the acquisition to capitalize on a substantial synergy opportunity and they maintain an Overweight rating on the stock.

Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:LYV): After Live Nation’s chairman, Irving Azoff, resigned, Stifel Nicolaus reported that Azoff is entitled to manage several prominent Front Line bands following his departure. The firm reported that Front Line represents some 23% of the company’s pre-tax free cash flow and they maintain a Hold rating on the shares.

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