Nike Building STRENGTH and 4 Analyst Comments Floating Around Wall Street

Nike Inc. (NYSE:NKE): Prior to Q4 results, Baird raised its price target on Nike referencing persistent strength in the company’s running and basketball categories, good looking athletic trends in America, and the mitigation of macro weakness in Europe thanks to big sporting events. Nike shares are rated Outperform.

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Apollo Group Inc. (NASDAQ:APOL): BMO Capital lowered its target on Apollo following the company’s announcement of higher than planned Q3 EPS and accompanying report of a bigger than hoped fall in overall enrollment, plus the expectation of student starts to fall again in Q4. BMO does, however, stand by its Outperform rating on Apollo shares.

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV) estimates have been reduced by Caris due to macro weakness, but the firm still thinks F5’s secular growth story is undamaged. Shares of F5 are rated Above Average.

Coinstar Inc.‘s (NASDAQ:CSTR) takeover of NCR’s Blockbuster kiosks are seen by Piper Jaffray as promoting the company’s leadership role in the kiosk rental market. Piper Jaffray sees any retreat due to negative impact on Coinstar’s 2012 EPS ought to be seen as a buying opportunity, and holds to an Overweight rating on Coinstar.

Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE:SEE): Baird reduced its price target on Sealed Air due to persistent macro weakness in Europe and a subsiding in China. Baird thinks the company’s new CFO strategically fits well, and shares have priced in an estimate revision cycle. Shares are rated Outperform.

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