Analyst Ups Apple Estimates After Explosive Earnings, DuPont Price Targe Raised

Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL): Oppenheimer believes that Apple’s execution during its December quarter was “stellar” and the firm raised its FY12 estimates significantly while maintaining an Outperform rating.

Peabody Energy Corp.(NYSE:BTU): Brean Murray raised its price target on Peabody energy despite soft Q4 results. The firm cited lower than expected met coal sales but said the company is well positioned to take advantage of rising demand from Asian countries. Shares are Buy rated.

EI DuPont de Nemours & Co.(NYSE:DD): Susquehanna raised its price target on DuPont following Q4 results. The firm cited management guidance, improved demand in several sectors, and continued productivity momentum. Shares are Positive rated.

Express Scripts Inc.(NASDAQ:ESRX): Leerink believes Express Scripts’ (NASDAQ:ESRX) merger with Medco Health (NYSE:MHS) will get approved by the FTC, and thinks shares of Express Scripts will trade above $60 upon the regulatory clearance. Leerink believes the FTC is very knowledgeable about the benefits of mail-order pharmacies and remains a buyer of Express Scripts with an Outperform rating.

Carpenter Technology Corp.(NYSE:CRS): Stifel Nicolaus maintains a $68 target and Buy rating on Carpenter Technology.

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