Amazon Retains Overweight Rating and 4 Stock Analyses Sparking Chatter

VirnetX Holding Corp. (AMEX:VHC): Given prior concerns that the agency would not investigate the case, William Blair viewed the International Trade Commission’s announcement last night as positive for VirnetX Holding Corp. The company noted that in addition to the ITC investigation, VirnetX and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) are scheduled to begin a federal district court trial in Tyler, Texas, during the last week of October. William Blair has an Outperform rating on shares of VirnetX.

Apollo Group Inc. (NASDAQ:APOL): Citing weaker new enrollment trends following the company’s fourth quarter results, Deutsche Bank lowered their estimates and price target for Apollo Group Inc. The firm reiterates a Sell rating on the stock.

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Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN): Piper Jaffray expects on-line price matching by Target (NYSE:TGT) and Best Buy (NYSE:BBY) to have little impact on Amazon.com Inc.’s business. Piper believes the overall matching process could prove frustrating for customers and reiterates an Overweight rating on Amazon with a $297 price target.

International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM): Following the company’s third quarter results, Citigroup views the 3% pullback in shares of International Business Machines Corp. as a good buying opportunity. Citi says IBM reaffirmed their 2012 earnings guidance despite a challenging macro environment and limited visibility. The firm keeps a Buy rating on their stock with a $250 price target.

Bankrate Inc. (NYSE:RATE): After the company issued a negative pre-announcement, RBC Capital reduced their target on Bankrate Inc. The firm continues to believe that the company’s problems aren’t structural, but they warn that the stock could face challenges in the near-term. Nevertheless, they maintain an Outperform rating on their shares.

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