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Analysts' Actions: AMAT APA DG INTC NWSA

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- CHANGE IN RATINGS

Applied Materials (AMAT - Get Report) was upgraded at DA Davidson to buy from neutral. $18 price target. Company is a technology leader and is attractive following a 9% decline, DA Davidson said.

Apache (APA - Get Report) was downgraded at Stifel Nicolaus to hold from buy. Company has sizable exposure to Egypt, Stifel Nicolaus said. Fair value is $90.

Cablevision (CVC) was downgraded at Nomura to neutral from buy. Valuation call, based on a $20 price target, Nomura said.

Carbo Ceramics (CRR) was upgraded to buy at TheStreet Ratings.

Dollar General (DG - Get Report) was upgraded at J.P. Morgan to overweight. $64 price target. Company can generate sustainable, mid-teens annual earnings growth, J.P. Morgan said.

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Halcon (HK) was downgraded at Stifel Nicolaus to hold from buy. Company offered a lower 2014 outlook and diluted the stock with a recent offering, Stifel Nicolaus said.

Intel (INTC - Get Report) was upgraded at Piper Jaffray to neutral from underweight. $22 price target. Downside is limited, with a 4.1% dividend yield, Piper Jaffray said.

Kaiser Aluminum (KALU) was upgraded at Sterne Agee to buy from neutral. $80 price target. Company excutes well, trades at an attractive valuation can is leveraged to increasing aerospace demand, Sterne Agee said.

SL Green Realty (SLG) was downgraded to hold at TheStreet Ratings.

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News Corp. (NWSA - Get Report) was initiated with a buy rating at UBS. $19 price target. Company is a unique play for long-term investors, News Corp. said.

PulteGroup (PHM) was upgraded at Wells Fargo to outperform from market perform. Company has limited downside potential and has a favorable buyer mix, Wells Fargo said.

Ross Stores (ROST) was upgraded at Morgan Stanley to overweight from equal-weight. $77 price target. Off-price retail should benefit from poor department store results in the second quarter, Morgan Stanley said.

Riverbed (RVBD) was downgraded at JMP Securities to market perform from outperform. Company has struggled and now the company's president is leaving, JMP Securities said.

Southwestern Energy (SWN)was downgraded at BMO Capital Markets to market perform. Valuation call, based on a $40 price target, BMO Capital Markets said.

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Stock Comments / EPS Changes

Gamestop (GME) estimates, price target were increased at Sterne Agee. Estimates were raised through 2015. Visibility and growth are improving, Sterne Agee said. Buy rating and new $55 price target.

Valspar (VAL) estimates, price target were reduced at Credit Suisse. Shares are now seen reaching $72. Estimates were also cut, given lower margin expectations, Credit Suisse said. Neutral rating.

ExxonMobil (XOM) estimates were cut at Oppenheimer. Estimates were reduced through 2014. Company will likely repurchase fewer shares, Oppenheimer said. Perform rating.

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SYM TRADE IT LAST %CHG
AMAT $15.91 4.40%
APA $42.80 8.30%
DG $74.27 -3.20%
INTC $27.72 1.54%
NWSA $13.62 3.00%

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