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CHANGE IN RATINGSAgilent(A - Get Report) was downgraded at Stifel Nicolaus to hold from buy. Valuation call, said Stifel Nicolaus.
Aflac(AFL) was upgraded at FBR Capital Markets to outperform from market perform. $71 price target. Company is seeing higher sales and managing its solvency margin ratio better, FBR Capital Markets said.
BB&T(BBT - Get Report) was upgraded at Oppenheimer to outperform from perform. Valuation call, based on a $40 price target, Oppenheimer said.
Beacon Roofing(BECN) was downgraded at Robert Baird to neutral from outperform. $39 price target. Estimates also cut, given lower near-term demand, Robert Baird said.
Cepheid(CPHD) was downgraded at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch to neutral. Valuation call, based on a $41 price target, BofA/Merrill said.
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Cree(CREE) was upgraded at Canaccord Genuity to buy from hold. $80 price target. Company is leveraged to continued demand for lighting and is seeing lower costs, Canaccord Genuity said.
Carter's(CRI) was upgraded at Goldman Sachs to buy. $89 price target. Company deserves a premium valuation, Goldman said.
Deckers Outdoor(DECK) was upgraded at Canaccord Genuity to buy from hold. $80 price target. Positive checks show improving fundamentals across the industry, Canaccord Genuity said.
Duke Energy(DUK - Get Report) was upgraded at Deutsche Bank to buy from hold. $74 price target. Sector appears attractively valued, Deutsche Bank said.
FirstEnergy(FE) was upgraded at Jefferies to hold from underperform. $36.50 price target. Valuation call, Jefferies said.
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Finish Line(FINL) was downgraded at Goldman Sachs to sell from neutral. Valuation call, based on a $22 price target, Goldman Sachs said.
Hess(HES) was downgraded at Societe Generale to hold from buy. $86 price target. Restructuring process could take longer than expected, Societe Generale said.
H&R Block(HRB) was upgraded at Morgan Stanley to overweight. $33 price target. GoHealth relationship can drive near-term growth, Morgan Stanley said.
J.C. Penney(JCP - Get Report) was downgraded at Argus to hold from buy. Share offering could dilute investors by more than 40%, Argus said.
LKQ(LKQ) was upgraded at Robert Baird to outperform from neutral. $38 price target. Europe can drive near-term growth, Robert Baird said.