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Analysts' Actions: ARO IP OC SWY VMW

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- CHANGE IN RATINGS

Aeropostale (ARO) was downgraded at Keybanc from buy to hold. Middle-income consumer remains pressured.

Ascena Retail (ASNA) was downgraded at Keybanc from buy to hold. Company is in a complex integration process, while its core business is slowing, Keybanc said.

Balchem (BCPC) was upgraded at DA Davidson from underperform to buy. Estimates also increased, given record sales growth, DA Davidson said. $48 price target.

Endo Pharmaceuticals (ENDP) was downgraded at Piper Jaffray from neutral to underweight. $22 price target. Outlook for generic competition remains uncertain, Piper Jaffray said.

Eaton (ETN) was initiated with an outperform rating at Credit Suisse. $72 price target. Company has high exposure to a cyclical recovery, Credit Suisse said.

International Paper (IP) was upgraded at J.P. Morgan from neutral to overweight. TIN deal should help the company continue to grow, J.P. Morgan said.

New Gold Inc. (NGD) was downgraded to hold at TheStreet Ratings.

Nordson (NDSN) was upgraded at BMO Capital from market perform to outperform. $74 price target. Stock has pulled back, even though fundamentals are improving.

NV Energy (NVE) was downgraded at Wunderlich from buy to hold. $20 price target. Company could face regulatory delays in Nevada, Wunderlich said.

Owens Corning (OC) was downgraded at Wells Fargo to market perform. Company has limited earnings visibility, Wells Fargo said.

Children's Place (PLCE) was downgraded at Janney Montgomery from buy to neutral. $49 price target. Company is facing increased competition, Janney Montgomery said.

Rock-Tenn (RKT) was upgraded at J.P. Morgan from neutral to overweight. Industry spring price increase should stick, J.P. Morgan said.

SM Energy (IP) downgraded at BMO Capital from outperform to market perform. Valuation call, based on a $65 price target, BMO Capital said.

Safeway (SWY) was upgraded at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch to neutral. $24 price target. Sales risk should moderate in 2013, BofA/Merrill said.

VMware (VMW) was upgraded at Citigroup to neutral from sell. $75 price target. Valuation and lack of further negative catalysts, Citi said.

Washington Post (WPO) was downgraded to hold at TheStreet Ratings.

STOCK COMMENTS / EPS CHANGES

Apple (AAPL) price target was reduced at Needham. Shares are now seen reaching $710. Company may no longer innovate at the same pace, Needham said. Buy rating.

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