Microsoft Analyst Predicts Near-Term Pressure and 3 Must-See Stock Analyses

Country Style Cooking Restaurant Chain Co., Ltd. (NYSE:CCSC): Following their third quarter results, Cowen believes that Country Style Cooking Restaurant Chain Co., Ltd. is the best positioned home-grown Chinese restaurant. The firm noted their low cost producer business model as well as the sanitary scandal that has finally been laid to rest. Shares are Outperform rated.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT): After Microsoft Corporation announced that Windows business head Steven Sinofsky was leaving, Stifel Nicolaus anticipates that the news could cause the stock to come under pressure in the near-term. However, they said that Sinofsky allegedly had a “very polarizing personality,” and they believe that his departure could be positive for the company in the longer term. The firm maintains a $36 target and Buy rating on their shares.

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Hologic Inc. (NASDAQ:HOLX): Craig-Hallum recommends buying Hologic Inc. on weaknesses that are related to guidance and timing delays in tomosynthesis reimbursement. The firm said Hologic is in the early stages of a “huge” product cycle and the Oslo Study, expected in the first half of 2013, should be a catalyst for share growth. The firm gave Hologic a buy rating with a $26 price target.

Northwest Pipe Co. (NASDAQ:NWPX): After Northwest Pipe Co. reported a lower than expected third quarter earnings per share, DA Davidson lowered their estimates, but believes that the company can participate in large water projects over the next year. This can be a significant earnings driver. The firm noted that the stock is trading below tangible book value and reiterates a Buy rating.

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