Analysts: Google Results Will Be Weaker and 4 New Opinions Investors Must Pore Over

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. (NYSE:CLF): Credit Suisse thinks that Cliffs Natural’s earnings power will be compromised by a likely structural iron ore surplus in the Great Lakes market. The firm adds that the company’s recent capital raise is not a long-term solution to its balance sheet issues, and it is necessary to consider more drastic solutions. The firm gives the shares an Underperform rating.

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Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE:CMG): The company’s estimates have been increased by Piper Jaffray prior to Chipotle’s Q1 results due to slightly increased comp and unit growth expectations. Piper thinks that Chipotle is well-positioned to remain in flat to positive territory this year, but top-line trends continue to be lower than historical levels. Piper decided to keep its Overweight rating and raise its price target to $345 on the stock.

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Covidien plc (NYSE:COV): The company’s price target has been increased by Jefferies as a result of the Mallinckrodt spin-off, and the firm reiterates its Buy rating on the stock. Jefferies thinks thatdilution from the deal will be more modest than reflected in Covidien’s current valuation.

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Golar LNG Ltd. (NASDAQ:GLNG): Wells Fargo views expectations for softer near-term LNG spot rates as a headwind for Golar LNG, but the firm is convinced that the company has a number of positive catalysts. The firm keeps its Outperform rating on the stock.

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Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG): Stifel Nicolaus claims that IgnitionOne, a large search engine marketer, spending on Google’s search engine declined 1 percent year-over-year during Q1. Stifel has lowered its estimates for Google, and believes that it will report weaker than expected Q1 results. The firm reiterates its Hold rating on the stock.¬†Credit Suisse is convinced that Google’s Enhanced Campaigns update has the ability to provide an incentive for publishers to optimize their websites for cross hardware/OS access, likely resulting in increased advertising budgets. The firm gives the shares an Outperform rating.

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