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Centene Corp. (NYSE:CNC): According to Oppenheimer, what it views as Centene’s large scale, margin upside, and favorable growth prospects mean it is a rational takeover target. The firm views Aetna (NYSE:AET) and Humana (NYSE:HUM) as the two most probably acquirers. The firm keeps an Outperform rating.
GNC Holdings Inc (NYSE:GNC): Morgan Stanley recommends owning GNC Holdings into the Q2 report because of robust comp trends, and the firm thinks teh DMAA reformulation will be prepared within the next two months. Shares have an Overweight rating and a $47 price target.
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Tesla Motors, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) Q3 estimates were reduced by Jefferies before the company’s Q2 results due to a slowing production ramp. Following talks with management, Jefferies thinks Tesla’s consensus estimates for Q3 will need to be lowered, but the firm views any weakness after the results are reported as a buying opportunity. Jefferies maintains a Buy rating on the stock, and this morning, Wunderlich downgraded the shares to Sell.
Wynn Resorts Ltd. (NASDAQ:WYNN) estimates were reduced by Morgan Stanley after the Q2 report. Shares have an Equal Weight rating.
Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN) price target was increased by Jefferies due to the company’s potential for the PCSK9 Inhibitor AMG-145, currently entering Phase 3 during 2013. The firm thinks Amgen is an attractive value stock and reiterates a Buy rating on the shares.
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