Panera Bread (NASDAQ:PNRA): Noting that Panera’s stock has fallen 12 percent since early July, Oppenheimer thinks the stock’s risk/reward profile is compelling heading into 2014. The firm believes the company’s comp growth could accelerate, and it keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB): After attending U.S. Bancorp’s Investor Day, UBS has more confidence in the bank’s ability to take market share, generate improved operating leverage, and enhance its profitability. The firm reiterates a Buy rating on the shares.
Deere & Co. (NYSE:DE): After meeting with Deere’s management, BMO Capital believes the company’s earnings per share could remain above $6 for the next several years. The firm adds that the stock may not fall below $70 even if the company’s earnings per share drop in half. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
Cablevision (NYSE:CVC): Morgan Stanley views Cablevision as an unattractive takeover target and believes that it faces structural headwinds from Verizon (NYSE:VZ) FiOS penetration and other competition. The firm expects programming costs growth to be in the double digits again in 2014 and sees downside risk to shares. The firm rates Cablevision at Underweight with a $12 price target.