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New Stock Coverage: These Days, You're Either LinkedIn or You're Left Out


Wall Street ratings agencies set the tone for today's stock market.

Capping a fine 48 hours for bearded dudes called Ben, Wall Street - where it is always all about the Benjamins - enjoyed a genuine turnaround Tuesday. Stocks recovered most of Monday's mauling after market-friendly comments from Fed head Mr. Bernanke.

Apple (AAPL) rose 1.39% on speculation it should split but Jamie Dimon's stubborn refusal to do the same to his currently combined Chairman and CEO roles saw that stock end lower. FarmVille owner Zynga Inc. (ZNGA) tumbled 2.04% and Variety magazine, owner of the most iconic farming headline in history, said it would cease daily print publication after 108 years. This as Chicago's Tribune Company (PINK:TRBAA), whose infamous election front page in 1948 will never be banished to the back burner, announced it is shopping around.

This morning in economics, analysts expect an increase in January pending home sales at 10:00 a.m. Eastern, and Ben Bernanke concludes two days of monetary testimony on Capitol Hill. In earnings activity, Anheuser-Busch (BUD), Cincinnati Bell (CBB), Dollar Tree (DLTR), European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (PINK:EADSY), Fortress Investment (FIG), Groupon (GRPN), JC Penney (JCP), Limited Brands (LTD), Target (TGT), and TJX Companies (TJX) are all due to report results.

Canadian Banks: Citigroup starts Bank of Montreal (BMO) with a Buy and covers Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CM) at Neutral. Its respective price objectives, denominated in Canadian dollars, are $71 and $89.

Francesca's Holdings (FRAN): The company is covered with an Outperform at Cowen.

Healthcare Trust of America (HTA): Raymond James has a Market Perform on HTA.

Internet Stocks: Wunderlich has a Hold and $22 price target on Yelp, Inc. (NYSE:YELP), which must find ways to better monetize the mobile experience. LinkedIn (NYSE:LNKD) is launched with a Buy and $195 price objective, as its Recruiter product and broader Talent Solutions platforms have become extremely valuable for headhunters. OpenTable (NASDAQ:OPEN), with a $68 objective, is also begun with a Buy amid ample opportunities for international expansion.

Kaiser Aluminum (KALU): KALU is covered with a Neutral at Sterne Agee.

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCLH): The recent initial public offering is assigned new Neutrals by both Goldman Sachs and UBS ($31 price objective.) JPMorgan, at Overweight, and Wells Fargo, with an Outperform, are more upbeat and the latter sees fair value for the stock in the range of $35 to $37.

Rentech Nitrogen Partners (RNF): RBC Capital launches Sector Perform rated research on the limited partnership. Its target price is $38.

(See also: Stock Downgrades: Storm Clouds Gather Over First Solar and Stock Upgrades: Google Is Going Places)
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