Duff & Phelps Corporation (NYSE:DUF): William Blair continues to think that a competing offer for Duff & Phelps from a strategic buyer is “somewhat unlikely” when considering the management’s participation in the announced deal. The firm is convinced that competitors like FTI Consulting (NYSE:FCN) and Navigant Consulting (NYSE:NCI) have likely already considered buying Duff & Phelps, but calls the price paid by the Carlyle-led consortium not overly high. William Blair gives Duff & Phelps an Outperform rating.
Zumiez, Inc. (NASDAQ:ZUMZ): According to William Blair, stronger snow conditions in the Pacific Northwest and decent holiday sell-through may possibly raise Zumiez’s December sales slightly higher than expectations. The firm keeps its Outperform rating and has increased its December comp estimate to down 2.5 percent to down 3.5 percent from down percentand on the stock.
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Baidu, Inc. (NASDAQ:BIDU) is predicted by Credit Suisse to use the $1.5 billion proceeds from its debt raising for M&A, and it reduced estimates to account for raised costs and risks. The analyst is convinced that Baidu could potentially be targeting Kingsoft to hedge against Qihoo (NYSE:QIHU) or UCweb for its mobile search. The firm has decided to keep its Underperform rating and reduced its price target to $80 from $82 on the stock.
FedEx Corporation (NYSE:FDX): According to Argus, the company reported solid Q2 results, and the firm views the company as gaining market share. It keeps its Buy rating and a $105 price target on the stock.
Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) price target has been increased by Stifel Nicolaus due to the firm’s expectations that the stock will be be boosted by index fund purchasing, upcoming monetization initiatives, and higher ARPU. The firm believes that the company’s earnings will beat expectations, and it keeps its Buy rating on the stock.