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Analysts' Actions: ATHL BLKB FMC MON XEC

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- CHANGE IN RATINGS

Athlon (ATHL) was initiated with a neutral rating at Goldman Sachs. Valuation call, based on a $33 price target, Goldman said.

Athlon Energy was initiated with a neutral rating and $31 price target at UBS. Valuation already reflects the bulk of the derisked Wolfcamp potential, UBS said.

Blackbaud (BLKB - Get Report) was upgraded at Stifel Nicolaus to buy from hold. $51 price target. Company can post accelerating sales growth and expand margins, Stifel Nicolaus said.

Boston Scientific (BSX) was upgraded to buy at TheStreet Ratings.

FMC Corp. (FMC - Get Report) was initiated with an overweight rating at Piper Jaffray. $78 price target. Company has exposure to a strong agriculture market in Latin America, Piper Jaffray said.

Monsanto (MON - Get Report) was upgraded at UBS to buy from neutral. Recent overcorrection is overdone given stabilizing corn prices, UBS said.

Minerals Technologies (MTX) was initiated with a hold rating at Keybanc. Valuation call.

Vanguard Health (VHS) was upgraded to hold at TheStreet Ratings.

Cimarex (XEC - Get Report) was upgraded at FBR Capital Markets to outperform from market perform. $120 price target. Expect increased efficiency of capital deployment, FBR said.

Stock Comments / EPS Changes

Avago Technologies (AVGO) estimates were raised at UBS to include CyOptics financials, said UBS. Price target is $42.

Comcast (CMCSA) was added to the US 1 List at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. Company is executing well and has industry-leading scale, BofA/Merrill said. $60 price target.

Total System Services (TSS) price target was raised at Citigroup to $33 from $31. Steady stream of catalysts, said Citigroup.

Williams-Sonoma (WSM) numbers were raised at UBS. Earnings estimates were increased as consumers are spending more on home goods, said UBS. Price target boosted to $61.

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MON $119.97 -3.43%
XEC $112.69 -3.73%

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