Pioneer Natural Recommended on Weakness and 4 Stock Analyses Sparking Chatter

Henry Schein Inc. (NASDAQ:HSIC):  Current price $88.72

Following solid fourth quarter results, Baird raised their price target on Henry Schein Inc. The firm believes that guidance is conservative as they expect another good year, citing tailwinds from IDS in Germany, share repurchases, and the sale of lower priced fourth quarter inventory at 2013 prices. Shares are Outperform rated.

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Applied Materials Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT): Current price $13.73

Cowen believes the Applied Materials Inc.’s story is starting to come together, citing better guidance, improved margins, and unique operating leverage. The firm also noted an improved silicon order book across the industry which bodes well for all semi-equipment companies for the March quarter. Shares are Outperform rated.

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Pioneer Natural Resources Co. (NYSE:PXD): Current price $125.24

Sterne Agee recommends buying Pioneer Natural Resources Co. on any equity issuance related weakness today, as the firm thinks the company’s production growth guidance is strong. They believe that the company’s northern Wolfcamp appraisal program could take away the risk of the horizontal Wolfcamp and they maintain a Buy rating on the stock.

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Valmont Industries, Inc. Common (NYSE:VMI): Current price $157.68

DA Davidson increased their target on Valmont Industries after the company reported stronger than expected fourth quarter results. The firm believes that longer term growth trends for Irrigation remain compelling and they maintain a Buy rating on the stock.

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Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE:RCL):  Current price $35.30

After the stock dropped following lower than expected earnings per share guidance from their rival, Carnival (NYSE:CCL), Argus believes that Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is undervalued at current levels. They believe that Royal Caribbean’s new ships will enable them to leverage their operating expenses and enter new under penetrated markets and they maintain a Buy rating on the shares.

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