Starbucks Among These Stocks With Active Equity Alerts Mar. 9th

Starbucks Corp. (NASDAQ:SBUX): William Blair says Starbucks’ (NASDAQ:SBUX) new single-serve brewing system Verismo looks most similar to Nestle’s (NSRGY) Nespresso platform. The firm believes Verismo could prove to be a major product for Starbucks if executed correctly, potentially limiting Nespresso in the United States. William Blair reiterates an Outperform rating on shares of Starbucks.

Noble Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NBL): Deutsche Bank says Noble Energy has moved to a top pick and upped its price target for shares to $130 from $127. The firm believes improved clarity on the company’s Eastern Mediterranean assets over the next year could drive the stock to $130. Deutsche Bank keeps a Buy rating on Noble Energy and is positive on current risk/reward profile.

NetApp, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTAP): After meeting with management, Deutsche Bank sees multiple growth drivers ahead for NetApp and finds the stock attractive at current levels. The firm maintains a Buy rating on the stock with a $55 price target.

Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:OREX): Leerink says Orexigen remains a top small-cap biotech pick following the company’s Q4 results. The firm sees limited downside in the stock and feels the current valuation represents an attractive price for the company’s two assets in obesity.

Aeropostale, Inc. (NYSE:ARO): Jefferies believes Aeropostale’s Q4 results show the company’s fundamentals are troughing. The firm continues to recommend buying the stock aggressively and finds the risk/reward on shares as very attractive at current levels.

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