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Analysts' Actions: CAT, LOW, HD, BLL


Andatee China Marine Fuel Services (AMCF) was downgraded to Sell at TheStreet Ratings.

Ball (BLL) was downgraded at Credit Suisse from Outperform to Neutral. Valuation call, based on a $45 price target, Credit Suisse said.

Caterpillar (CAT - Get Report) was upgraded at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch from Neutral to Buy. $135 price target. Company has solid fundamentals and trades at an attractive valuation, BofA/Merrill said.

Esterline Technologies (ESL) was upgraded at Credit Suisse from Neutral to Outperform. $81 price target. Estimates were also boosted, as the company is realizing higher margins, Credit Suisse said.

Home Depot (HD - Get Report) was upgraded at Piper Jaffray from Neutral to Overweight. $62 price target. Comp sales and earnings growth should accelerate with the current remodeling cycle, Piper said.

Infosys (INFY) was downgraded from Overweight to Neutral at HSBC. Company is not performing well and may be losing market share, HSBC said.

Janus Capital Group (JNS) was upgraded at Citigroup to Neutral from Sell. $8 price target. Sharply higher EPS prospects given strong YTD markets, Citigroup said.

Linear Technology (LLTC) was upgraded at Nomura from Neutral to Buy. $35 price target. Company is a quality name trading at an attractive valuation, Nomura said.

Lowe's (LOW - Get Report) was upgraded at Piper Jaffray from Neutral to Overweight. $41 price target. Company is leveraged to a favorable remodel cycle, Piper said.

PPG Industries (PPG) was upgraded to Buy from Hold at Citigroup. $114 price target. Coating and natural gas exposure will propel the shares forward, Citi said.

UMH Properties (UMH) was upgraded to Buy at TheStreet Ratings.

Waddell & Reed (WDR) was upgraded at Citigroup to Neutral from Sell. $30 price target. Sharply higher EPS prospects given strong YTD markets, Citi said.

Stock Comments / EPS Changes

AFLAC (AFL) estimates were lowered at UBS through 2013. Expect capital deployment to be limited given recent European weakness, UBS said. Sell rating.

Best Buy (BBY) target was lowered at UBS to $23.50. No rush to stock amid store closing uncertainty, UBS said. Neutral rating.

CBOE Holdings (CBOE) estimates were lowered at Jefferies through 2013. Lower-than-anticipated volumes during the quarter and relatively fixed cost levels, Jefferies said. Hold rating.

Exelon (EXC) price target was lowered at Jefferies to $42. Exposure to change in the commodity price for electricity, Jefferies said. Buy rating.

Hersey Foods (HSY) numbers were raised at Citigroup. Shares are now seen reaching $71. Estimates were also increased on strong pricing growth, Citigroup said. Buy rating.
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