New Equity Analyst Alerts: Yum! Brands, Synchronoss, Lincoln National, SolarWinds, Watson Pharma

Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM): Baird raised its price target on Yum! Brands following Q4 results. The firm cited better than expected revenues across all business segments, ongoing China momentum, and signs of US stabilization. Shares are Outperform rated.

Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:SNCR): Baird raised its price target on Synchronoss following strong Q4 results. The firm cited increased gross margins, strong guidance, and benefits from improved automation. Shares are Outperform rated.

Lincoln National Corp. (NYSE:LNC): FBR Capital believes Lincoln National’s $2.51 per share goodwill impairment in Q4, while larger than expected, removes an overhang on the stock. The firm raised its price target for shares to $31 from $27 and maintains an Outperform rating on the name.

SolarWinds, Inc. (NYSE:SWI): Needham raised its estimates and price target for SolarWinds citing the company’s strong 2012 outlook and reiterates a Buy rating on the stock.

Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NYSE:WPI): Wells Fargo expects Watson to increase its 2012 guidance to reflect the launch of gLovenox. The firm, however, maintains a Market Perform rating on the stock.

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