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Genzyme: Analysts' Upgrades, Downgrades

Halliburton (HAL) reinstated at BofA/Merrill with a Buy rating and $43 price target. Bank of America/Merrill Lynch noted growing international demand.

Itron (ITRI) upgraded at Needham from Hold to Buy. $69 price target. Company is positioned well to grow in 2010.

Itron (ITRI) price target cut at BofA/Merrill. ITRI price target lowered to $75 from $80. Estimates reduced through 2012. Maintain Buy rating.

National Oilwell Varco (NOV) reinstated at BofA/Merrill with a Buy rating and $51 price target. Bank of America/Merrill Lynch noted a recovery in the services business.

NetApp (NTAP) estimates, target increased at Goldman. Shares of NTAP now seen reaching $38. Estimates also boosted, as the company is seeing higher sales. Neutral rating.

Nucor (NUE) upgraded at BofA/Merrill to Neutral from Underperform on valuation and higher steel prices. Price target jumped to $50, 2010 EPS estimate improved to $2.

Protective Life (PL) downgraded at Sterne Agee from Buy to Neutral. $21 price target. Core Life Marketing segment remains under pressure.

VMWare (VMW) rated new Buy at UBS. $54 price target. Company should benefit from reinvestment in datacenter projects.

Watsco (WSO - Get Report) downgraded at Keybanc from Buy to Hold. Valuation call.

Watsco (WSO - Get Report) estimates, target upped at Morgan Stanley. WSO estimates were increased through 2011. Company continues to grow its margins. Overweight rating and new $65 price target.

STOCK COMMENTS / EPS CHANGES

Advanced Auto Parts (AAP) forecasts reduced at Credit Suisse. AAP 2010 and 2011 EPS estimates lowered to $3.30 and $3.80, respectively. Maintain Outperform rating and $48 price target.

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