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Nordstrom, Airgas: Analysts' New Ratings

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


Alcoa (AA - Get Report) 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 - Get Report) downgraded at RBC from Sector Perform to Underperform. $22 price target. New business model could add to near-term sales volatility.

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

Airgas (ARG - Get Report) 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 - Get Report) 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 - Get Report) downgraded at Goldman from Buy to Neutral. $32 price target. Company is likely to see lower demand in the coming quarters.

DeVry (DV - Get Report) 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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