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Notes From The Trading Desk: What To Look Out For - February 20, 2013

|Includes: AABA, Apple Inc. (AAPL), AFL, AMX, ARII, BA, BBY, BCS, BNS, BP, CF, CM, CPRI, DK, ESRX, GDI, HAL, HFC, HLF, KKR, LDOS, LLL, LPL, LVS, MAR, MTEM, NFLX, NTSP, NVDA, OMX, PNM, RY, SEE, SIRO, TRN, TSS, VC, WINMQ

By: Jayson Derrick

Company Upgrades

Company

Upgraded To

Aflac (NYSE:AFL)

Outperform by Raymond James

Bank of Nova Scotia (NYSE:BNS)

Overweight by Barclays

Halliburton (NYSE:HAL)

Overweight by JPMorgan

LG Display (NYSE:LPL)

Buy buy Samsung Securities

PNM Resources (NYSE:PNM)

Outperform by Robert Baird

Royal Bank of Canada (NYSE:RY)

Equalweight by Barclays

Threshold Pharma (THLD)

Overweight by Piper Jaffray

Visteion (NASDAQ:VC)

Overweight by JPMorgan

Company Downgrades

Company

Downgraded To

Americal Railcar Industries (NASDAQ:ARII)

Outperform by Raymond James

America Movil (NYSE:AMX)

Neutral by UBS

Barclays (NYSE:BCS)

Neutral by Goldman Sachs

CIBC (NYSE:CM)

Underweight by Barclays

Delek (NYSE:DK)

Market perform by Wells Fargo

Express Scripts (NASDAQ:ESRX)

Neutral by Macquarie

HollyFrontier (NYSE:HFC)

Market Perform by Wells Fargo

L-3 Communications (NYSE:LLL)

Underperform by RBC Capital

NetSpend (NASDAQ:NTSP)

Neutral by Credit Suisse and Market perform by Wells Farco

Officemax (NYSE:OMX)

Hold by BB&T Capital

SAIC Inc (SAI)

Underperform by RBC Capital

Sealed Air (NYSE:SEE)

Neutral by JPMorgan and market perform by Wells Fargo

Starwood Hotels (HOT)

Hold by Jeffries

Sirona Dental (NASDAQ:SIRO)

Neutral by Robert Bair

Total System Services (NYSE:TSS)

Hold by Jeffries

Trinity Industries (NYSE:TRN)

Outperform by Raymond James

Windstream (WIN)

Sell by UBS

Potential Stock Moving News

  • Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) more rumors involving $199 iPhone aimed at Indian and Chinese markets.
  • BP (NYSE:BP) wins U.S. OK to cut potential spill fine by $3.4 billion
  • NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA) introduced its first fully integrated 4G LTE mobile processor, the NVIDIA Tegra 4i
  • Las Vegas Sands (NYSE:LVS) - may invest in South Korea local casinos.
  • KKR (NYSE:KKR) reported to be last company bidding for Gardner Denver (NYSE:GDI)
  • Boeing (NYSE:BA) devises fix for Dreamliner batteries.
  • Schulze acquiring Best Buy (NYSE:BBY) still a possibility.
  • Total System Services to buy NetSpend for $16/share.
  • Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) to be sued for allegedly misleading investors about growth.
  • Herbalife (NYSE:HLF) 4Q EPS beats; raises 2013 EPS view.
  • CF Industries (NYSE:CF) 4Q adj. EPS beats est., rev. misses
  • Microsoft's Greg Nelson is leaving his role as GM of strategic alliances, which include search partnership with Yahoo (YHOO)
  • Michael Kors (KORS) holders to sell 25m ordinary shares .

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

Additional disclosure: As a day trader I am likely to initiate short term trades on both the long and short side for any of the securities listed in this report.