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AFLAC

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downgraded at UBS from Neutral to Sell. $34 price target. Vulnerability to deterioration in Europe.

Assurant

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downgraded at Goldman from Buy to Neutral, Goldman Sachs said. Valuation call.

Akamai Technologies

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upgraded at Jefferies to Hold from Underperform, Jefferies said. $36 price target. Additional performance from ecommerce seasonality and less relative exposure to Europe.

Abercrombie & Fitch

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downgraded at Brean Murray from Buy to Hold, Brean Murray said. Estimates also cut, given lower expected margins.

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upgraded at Deutsche from Hold to Buy, Deutsche Bank said. Chip stocks should outperform the market this year, as industry fundamentals improve.

Coeur D'Alene

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downgraded at BMO to Market Perform, BMO Capital said. $32.50 price target. Company is facing lower silver prices.

CME Group

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downgraded at Evercore from Overweight to Equal-weight, Evercore Partners said. $250 price target. MF Global damages could have a long-term business effect.

Concur Technologies

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downgraded at Jefferies to Hold from Buy, Jefferies said. Estimates also lowered on demand and FX headwinds.

Fairchild Semiconductor

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upgraded at Deutsche from Hold to Buy, Deutsche Bank said. $15 price target. Growth should reaccelerate later in 2012.

First Horizon

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downgraded at BofA/Merrill from Neutral to Underperform, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch said. $7 price target. Company lacks near-term catalysts.

Fossil

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upgraded at Brean Murray from Hold to Buy, Brean Murray said. $100 price tagret. Stock is attractively valued, following its recent decline.

Huntington Bancshares

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downgraded at Guggenheim from Buy to Neutral, Guggenheim said. Valuation call.

Hartford Financial

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upgraded at Goldman from Neutral to Buy, Goldman Sachs said. Different multi-line strategy could help unlock value.

Informatica

(INFA)

downgraded at BMO from Outperform to Market Perform, BMO Capital Markets said. $35 price target. Overall software spending, especially for larger middleware projects, slowed in the second half of November.

Impax Laboratories

(IPXL)

upgraded at Canaccord from Hold to Buy, Canaccord Genuity said. $28 price target. Stock could be at a positive inflection point.

JC Penney

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upgraded at Deutsche from Sell to Hold, Deutsche Bank said. $32 price target. New management is restructuring, but large changes are necessary.

MetLife

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upgraded at Goldman from Neutral to Buy, Goldman Sachs said. Company is focused on generating global growth.

Medicis

(MRX)

downgraded at Canaccord from Buy to Hold, Canaccord Genuity said. $36 price target. Company lacks near-term catalysts.

M&T Bank

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downgraded at BofA/Merrill from Buy to Neutral, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch said. $80 price target. Estimates also cut, because of higher expenses.

Oracle

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downgraded at BMO from Outperform to Market Perform, BMO Capital Markets said. $30 price target. Overall software spending, especially for larger middleware projects, slowed in the second half of November.

Pandora

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rated new Buy at Needham. $13 price target. Company is leveraged to multiple secular growth trends.

Principal Financial

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downgraded at Goldman from Buy to Neutral, Goldman Sachs said. Company lacks near-term catalysts.

PVH

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rated new Buy at Sterne Agee. $85 price target. Company offers growth at an attractive price.

Ralph Lauren

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upgraded at Goldman from Neutral to Buy, Goldman Sachs said. $190 price target. Company also placed on the Conviction list. Company can gain market share and appears to be at an inflection point for margins and earnings.

Stancorp Financial

(SFG)

downgraded at Sterne Agee from Neutral to Underperform, Sterne Agee said. Valuation call, based on a $37 price target.

TJX Companies

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downgraded at Goldman from Buy to Neutral, Goldman Sachs said. Company was also removed from the Conviction Buy list. Valuation call, based on a $72 price target.

Timken

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upgraded at Keybanc from Hold to Buy, Keybanc said. $53 price target. New analyst believes that the company will continue to outperform its peers over the coming quarters.

Unum Group

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downgraded at Goldman from Buy to Neutral, Goldman Sachs said. Company has a cautious outlook and will likely buy back less stock.

Valley National

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downgraded at Guggenheim from Buy to Neutral, Guggenheim said. Company has highest relative earnings risk among its peers.

STOCK COMMENTS / EPS CHANGES

Apple

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estimates, target increased at Goldman through 2012, Goldman Sachs said. Company appears to be selling more iPhones. Buy rating and new $550 price target.

Apache

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estimates raised at Oppenheimer through 2012, Oppenheimer said. Estimates update based on oil & gas futures price changes. Outperform rating.

Boeing

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target raised at UBS to $72 to reflect the roll forward of DCF analysis, UBS said. Maintain $72 price target.

Blackrock

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cut from Conviction Buy List at Goldman Sachs. Valuation call.

ConocoPhillips

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estimates raised at Oppenheimer through 2012, Oppenheimer said. Estimates update based on oil & gas futures price changes. Outperform rating.

Carrizo Oil & Gas

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estimates lowered at Oppenheimer through 2012, Oppenheimer said. Estimates update based on oil & gas futures price changes. Outperform rating.

Int'l. Game Technology

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cut from US Focus List at Credit Suisse. $24 price target. Company is facing increased competition. Outperform rating.

IHS

(IHS)

estimates, target upped at Goldman through 2013, Goldman Sachs said. Company is seeing higher emerging market growth. Neutral rating and new $88 price target.

International Paper

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numbers raised at Credit Suisse. Shares of IP now seen reaching $31, according to Credit Suisse. Estimates also increased, as containerboard prices appear resilient. Neutral rating.

Motorola Mobility Holdings

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estimates lowered at Oppenheimer through 2010, Oppenheimer said. Light results reflect competitive challenges. Perform rating.

Mosaic

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estimates lowered at UBS through 2014, UBS said. Somewhat lower potash volumes. Maintain $63 price target and Buy rating.

Netgear

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estimates, target boosted at Goldman. Shares of NTGR now seen reaching $37, according to Goldman Sachs. Estimates also upped, given the strong DOCSIS 3.0 cycle. Neutral rating.

Och-Ziff

(OZM)

added to Conviction Buy List at Goldman. Company can deliver solid organic growth.

Penn National

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added to US Focus List at Credit Suisse. Company is leveraged to a stronger US consumer and higher a solid project pipeline.

Robbins & Myers

(RBN)

numbers raised at BMO. Shares of RBN now seen reaching $63, according to BMO Capital. Estimates also increased, to match the company's new guidance. Outperform rating.

Travelers

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added to Conviction Buy List at Goldman. Small commercial pricing is strong.

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