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AK Steel, Applied Materials: New Ratings

Stocks in this article: AEP AKS ALNY AMAT AN PRC SMT YOKU

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- CHANGE IN RATINGS

American Electric (AEP - Get Report) downgraded at Goldman to Neutral. Rate negotiations will likely be pushed out. $37 price target.

AK Steel (AKS - Get Report) upgraded at Keybanc from Hold to Buy. $20 price target. Industry has passed an important inflection point.

Alnylam (ALNY - Get Report) upgraded at Needham from Hold to Buy, Needham & Company said. Company has several potential near-term catalysts in its pipeline.

Applied Materials (AMAT - Get Report) upgraded at Piper from Neutral to Overweight, Piper Jaffray said. $22 price target. Consensus earnings estimates remain too low.

Autonation (AN - Get Report) downgraded at Soleil to Hold, Soleil Securities said. Valuation call, as the stock has outperformed the broader market by 55% since last April. $35 price target.

Air Products (APD) upgraded at Citigroup from Hold to Buy, Citigroup said. $107 price target. Company can deliver core growth, despite the recent distraction from the ARG bid.

Crown Holdings (CCK) rated new Buy at Jefferies. $46 price target. Company has emerging markets exposure and generates solid free cash flow.

Choice Hotels (CCH) downgraded at Credit Suisse to Underperform from Neutral on limited growth in pipeline, Credit Suisse said. Price target lowered to $35 from $38.

Cepheid (CPHD) rated new Buy at Goldman Sachs. New products should drive earnings growth. $30 price target.

Expeditors International of Washington (EXPD) downgraded at Credit Suisse to Neutral from Outperform as it is no longer a compelling opportunity, Credit Suisse said. Price target cut to $57 from $61.

Forest Laboratories (FRX) downgraded at Citigroup from Buy to Hold, Citigroup said. $35 price target. CLDA deal will dilute near-term earnings.

Holly (HOC) upgraded at RBC from Sector Perform to Outperform, RBC Capital said. $66 price target. FTO merger makes strategic sense.

Honeywell (HON) upgraded at Argus from Hold to Buy, Argus Research said. Valuation call, based on a $66 price target.

Itron (ITRI) rated new Buy at Janney Montgomery. $75 price target. Company is leveraged to increased spending by utilities.

L-3 Communications (LLL) upgraded at Argus from Sell to Hold. Valuation call.

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