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Nordstrom, Airgas: Analysts' New Ratings

Stocks in this article: AAADBEAPOLCHKDOWDVARGJWN

Editor's Note: Green and red arrows refer to intraday stock price movement.

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- CHANGE IN RATINGS

Alcoa (AA) upgraded at BMO from Underperform to Market Perform. $14 price target. Little further share price downside, but company may struggle with profit margins.

Adobe Systems (ADBE) downgraded at RBC from Sector Perform to Underperform. $22 price target. New business model could add to near-term sales volatility.

Apollo Group (APOL) rated new Hold at Wunderlich Securities. $49 price target. Current restructuring should benefit the company.

Airgas (ARG) upgraded at Goldman from Neutral to Buy. $70 price target. Company has defensive, late-cycle exposure.

Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) upgraded at Sterne Agee from Neutral to Buy. $72 price target. Recent pullback and double digit growth provide an attractive opportunity.

CF Industries (CF) downgraded at JPMorgan from Overweight to Neutral. $170 price target. Weak August USDA data should impact stock.

Choice Hotels (CHH) upgraded at Jefferies from Underperform to Buy. $33 price target. Company has a relatively stable business model.

Chesapeake Energy (CHK) rated new Buy at Brean. $40 price target. Company is growing and working on deleveraging its balance sheet.

Check Point (CHKP) upgraded at Stifel from Hold to Buy. $65 price target. Relative risk/reward is attractive at current levels.

Concur Technologies (CNQR) downgraded at RBC from Outperform to Underperform. $30 price target. Company's sales tend to tail off in the second half of the year.

Capital One (COF) upgraded at RBC from Sector Perform to Outperform. $56 price target. Recent deals should add to earnings.

Discover Financial (DFS) upgraded at RBC from Outperform to Top Pick. $30 price target. Pullback has created an attractive buying opportunity.

Discovery Communications (DISCA) upgraded at Citigroup from Hold to Buy. $46 price target. Ad revenues resilient to double dip and EPS upside with buybacks.

Dow Chemical (DOW) downgraded at Goldman from Buy to Neutral. $32 price target. Company is likely to see lower demand in the coming quarters.

DeVry (DV) estimates, target cut at Morgan Stanley. DV estimates were reduced through 2013. Company is seeing lower new student growth and costs are rising. Overweight rating and new $60 price target.

Devry downgraded at Baird from Outperform to Neutral. $53 price target. Slower economic growth could weigh on sales and margins.

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