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For those reasons, we believe a rating alone cannot tell the whole story, and that it should be part of an investor's overall research.The following ratings changes were generated on July 28. Quest Diagnostics (DGX - Get Report), together with its subsidiaries, provides diagnostic testing, information and services in the U.S. DGX has been upgraded to buy. With strong top-line growth, Quest Diagnostics' second-quarter fiscal-year 2008 net sales advanced 12%, with the AmeriPath acquisition contributing about 8% to the growth. Revenue increased to $1.84 billion from $1.64 billion a year ago.