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Analysts' Actions: C.R. Bard, Gap, GNC, Medtronic, Tyson Foods

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- RATINGS CHANGES

Ambit Biosciences (AMBI) was initiated with a sell rating at TheStreet Ratings.

Gap (GPS - Get Report) was upgraded at Canaccord Genuity to buy from hold. Twelve-month price target is $51. Company can continue to expand margins, Canaccord Genuity said.

C.R. Bard (BCR - Get Report) was downgraded at Barclays to equal weight from overweight. Pressure on company due to its exposure to the peripheral vascular space, which is affected by Medtronic (MDT)/Covidien (COV) deal, Barclays said.

Franklin Resources (BEN) was upgraded at Goldman Sachs to buy from neutral. Better flow trends are being driven by emerging markets, and recent underperformance offers a cheap entry point, Goldman said.

GNC (GNC) was downgraded at J.P. Morgan to neutral. Company is seeing slower sales trends, and the CFO has left, J.P. Morgan said.

Gap (GPS - Get Report) was upgraded at Canaccord Genuity to buy from hold. Twelve-month price target is $51. Company can continue to expand margins, Canaccord Genuity said.

Medtronic was upgraded at Barclays to overweight from equal weight. Driven by potential benefits from acquisition of Covidien, Barclays said. Twelve-month price target is $73.

North European Oil Royalty Trust (NRT) was downgraded to hold at TheStreet Ratings.

Sunpower (SPWR) was downgraded at J.P. Morgan to neutral. Valuation call, as the stock is up 35% year to date, J.P. Morgan said. Twelve-month price target is $40.

Tyson Foods (TSN) upgraded at BMO Capital to outperform. Higher margins create opportunities for realized earnings potential in Hillshire and accelerated repaying of debts, BMO Capital said. Twelve-month price target is $43.

Walgreen (WAG) was upgraded at Barclays to overweight from equal weight. Driven by reducing expenses and optimizing capital structure, Barclays said. Twelve-month price target is $92.

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