NEW YORK (

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Fortune Brands

(FO)

to 'Buy' from 'Hold'. Net income at this $7.2 billion market cap, distilled spirits company jumped 128% in the second quarter to $227 million when compared to second quarter 2009.

TheStreet Ratings released rating changes on 14 additional U.S. common stocks for September 8, 2010. In total, just four stocks were downgraded and 11 stocks have been upgraded by our stock model.

At Fortune Brands, the maker of Jim Beam Bourbon Wiskey and other branded liquors, second quarter revenue grew by 9.5% to nearly $1.8 billion over the same quarter last year. A paper in the Journal

Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research

reported the beneficial effect of moderate alcohol consumption as well as showed that total abstention from alcohol increased mortality risk even higher than heavy drinkers. The unscientific assumption by consumers that one or two drinks per day may reduce stress and kill off viruses in the blood stream can only help the bottom line at Fortune Brands. Learn more about Fortune Brands:

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In another upgrade,

Toll Brothers

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shares went to 'Hold' from 'Sell'. Large real estate development projects, after having bankrupted smaller companies, are being bought for around half their pre-crash prices and are being restarted by the surviving developers. Price discovery at levels that make projects economically viable again is a good sign of a bottom to build upon. Learn more about Toll Brothers:

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Heading the other direction, being downgraded to 'Hold' from 'Buy', is

Cisco Systems

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. The stock of this $117 billion market capitalization, internet router company, has lost more than a quarter of its value since late April 2010and is trading just above a new 52-week low of $19.82. Learn more about Cisco Systems:

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-- Reported by Kevin Baker in Jupiter, Fla.

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Kevin Baker became the senior financial analyst for TheStreet Ratings upon the August 2006 acquisition of Weiss Ratings by TheStreet.com, covering mutual funds. He joined the Weiss Group in 1997 as a banking and brokerage analyst. In 1999, he created the Weiss Group's first ratings to gauge the level of risk in U.S. equities. Baker received a B.S. degree in management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an M.B.A. with a finance specialization from Nova Southeastern University.