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Analysts' Actions: CMCSA DDD HAL VZ X

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Container Store (TCS) was downgraded at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch to underperform. Valuation call, based on a $32 price target, BofA/Merrill said.

Target (TGT) was initiated with a neutral rating at Sterne Agee. Twelve-month price target is $54. Domestic business has declining traffic trends, Sterne Agee said.

Teekay (TK) was upgraded to buy at TheStreet Ratings.

UTI Worldwide (UTIW) was upgraded at RBC Capital to outperform from sector perform. Twelve-month price target is $22. Improving industry fundamentals should boost earnings, RBC Capital said.

Verizon (VZ) was upgraded at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch to buy from neutral. Valuation call, based on a 12-month price target of $55, BofA/Merrill said.

US Steel (X) was downgraded at Keybanc to hold from buy. Stock is up, but spot steel pricing could fall, Keybanc said.

Stock Comments / EPS Changes

Ameren (AEE) price target, EPS estimates were raised at UBS through 2016. Driven by fewer regulatory headwinds and rightsizing of the parent drag, UBS said. Twelve-month price target is $39. Neutral rating.

Akamai (AKAM) estimates, price target were raised at MKM Partners. Twelve-month price target is now $80. Estimates were also increased, given the company's new guidance, MKM Partners said. Buy rating.

Barnes (B) price target was raised at Jefferies. Multiple drivers to forward earnings, including estimate of core sales growth, margin expansion and Manner accretion, Jefferies said. Twelve-month price target is $45. Buy rating.

Charter Communications (CHTR) price target, EPS estimates were lowered at Jefferies. Capex hike overshadows subscriber momentum, Jefferies said. Twelve-month price target is $125. Hold rating.

Consolidated Edison (ED) price target, EPS estimates were lowered at UBS. Driven by risk in New York to limit utility bill inflation, UBS said. Twelve-month price target is $53. Neutral rating.

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