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What: MDC Holdings
So what: Credit Suisse upgraded this provider of homebuilding and related financial services to outperform from neutral and raised its price target to $28 from $25, citing valuation and expectations of improved operating results in fiscal 2011. Ticonderoga upgraded from sell to neutral.
Now what: The company has been unprofitable for three of the last four years, including last year. EPS estimates for 2011 range from -$1.32 to -$0.04 with consensus estimates of -$0.70 for the year and $0.04 in the fourth quarter. Given the state of the housing industry and MDC's emphasis on first-time and first-time move-up buyers, investors may want to stay on the sidelines pending signs of more favorable housing market conditions.
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