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Freight forwarding services and logistics services provider Target Logistics (TLG) has been downgraded to a hold from a buy. Its gross profit margin of 30.1% in the third quarter of its fiscal 2007 is lower than what is desirable, having decreased from the same quarter in 2006. Also, the company's net profit margin of 0.80% trails that of the industry average. Its return on equity of 7.5% in the same quarter was down from the year-earlier period and is significantly below that of the industry average. The company's stock price has declined 31.7% in the past 12 months. Target Logistics had been rated a buy since February 2007.
Blackbaud (BLKB - Get Report) provides software and related services for nonprofit organizations. It has been downgraded to a hold from a buy. Even though the company has a strong debt-to-equity ratio, the quick ratio of 0.42 demonstrates an inability to pay short-term obligations. Net income increased by 3.5% in the first quarter of 2007 compared with the same period one year ago, significantly underperforming the S&P 500 and the software industry. While the company has seen its stock price increase 22.3% in the past year, there is currently no conclusive evidence that warrants the purchase or sale of this stock. Blackbaud had been rated a buy since January 2007.