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(CB) - Get Chubb Limited Report

downgraded at Barclays from Overweight to Equal-weight. Expect higher insurance liabilities, given the continued financial market turmoil. $48 price target.


(DELL) - Get Dell Technologies Inc. Class C Report

downgraded at Merrill from Buy to Neutral. $13 price target. Expect a sharp downturn in the PC market, with a lack of near-term catalysts.


(ECL) - Get Ecolab Inc. Report

upgraded at Barclays from Equal-weight to Overweight. $43 price target. Stock is down 33% since the beginning of October, which has created an attractive entry point.


(FCX) - Get Freeport-McMoRan Inc. Report

downgraded at JP Morgan to Neutral from Overweight due to rapid deterioration in molybdenum and copper prices. Lowered Q4 estimates to a loss of 74 cents from a gain of 55 cents, reflecting anticipated negative impact of Q3 provisional pricing adjustments. Price target lowered to $32 from $57.


(GLW) - Get Corning Incorporated Report

rated new Equal-weight at Morgan Stanley. LCD market will remain difficult into 2009, which offsets the attractive valuation.

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(TGT) - Get Target Corporation Report

downgraded at JP Morgan to Neutral from Overweight. See increasing concerns over sales softness and credit card exposure, and note decelerating same-store sales trends. Price target lowered to $34 from $46.

Stock Comments/EPS Changes

Agilent Technologies

(A) - Get Agilent Technologies Inc. Report

target cut at Credit Suisse to $23 from $37 following weaker-than-expected Q1 guidance. Maintained Neutral rating.


(ADBE) - Get Adobe Inc. Report

numbers cut at Merrill. Shares now seen reaching $35. Estimates also lowered through 2010 to reflect a weak economic outlook. Buy rating.


(ALTR) - Get Altair Engineering Inc. Report

price target cut at Goldman Sachs to $14 from $16 based on increased confidence that there will be a significant pullback in communications infrastructure spending over next few quarters. Maintained Sell rating.


(F) - Get Ford Motor Company Report

price target cut at Goldman to $2 from $2.50. Expect lower 2008 and 2009 earnings due to diminished volume and margins internationally, weaker pricing in North America and additional credit losses at Ford Motor Credit. Maintained Neutral rating.

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