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downgraded at Soleil from Buy to Hold. Pricing fundamentals in the Plasma Proteins business are deteriorating. $49 price target.


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upgraded at Goldman Sachs to Buy from Neutral based on stabilization in asset management industry. Company has strong balance sheet, including $27 billion it could use to acquire struggling asset managers. Price target at $13.


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downgraded at Benchmark from Buy to Hold. Channel checks show that online ad trends appear to be softening again. $430 price target.

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(HOV) - Get Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc. Class A Report

downgraded at Wachovia to Underperform. Valuation call, as the stock is up 353% since March. That said, the company should be unprofitable the next 6 quarters.


(ITRI) - Get Itron, Inc. Report

upgraded at JPMorgan to Overweight from Neutral based on upcoming ramp in smart meter deployments. See lower risk following last week's equity-raise and debt repayment, and expect 2-3 years of above average growth beginning with AMI programs in second half of 2009. Price target raised to $73 from $53.50.


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upgraded at Susquehanna to Positive. $29 price target. Valuation call, based on stabilizing macro factors.

Qwest Communications


downgraded at Argus to Sell. Company looks desperate and may not raise as much as expected for its long-distance network.


Arrow Electronics

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numbers raised at Credit Suisse to $21 from $18.50. Management implemented a strategy that will focus on high growth vertical markets, demand creation, value-added content, and solution selling. Maintained Neutral rating.

Big Five Sporting Goods

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numbers raised at Credit Suisse to $14 from $9. Cites a positive outlook, management is confident in their long term market share and valuation. Maintained Neutral rating.

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2009 numbers increased at Morgan Stanley. Company is benefiting from higher corn values and positive currency moves. Equal-weight rating and new $27 price target.


(KMB) - Get Kimberly-Clark Corporation (KMB) Report

numbers raised at Credit Suisse through 2010. Company will benefit from a weaker dollar. Outperform rating and new $63 price target.


(MET) - Get MetLife, Inc. (MET) Report

estimates, target raised at Morgan Stanley to $43. Estimates also boosted, to reflect cost-cutting and re-investment into more productive assets. Overweight rating.


(MRK) - Get Merck & Co., Inc. (MRK) Report

target raised at Credit Suisse to $32 from $27. Following the SGP acquisition, the outlook forecasts a lower risk/higher reward scenario, and provides strong strategic and financial qualities in the long run. Maintained Neutral rating.

NYSE Euronext


target raised at Credit Suisse to $27 from $23. Increased volume in all asset classes and some abatement of FX headwinds led to the raise in numbers. Maintained Neutral rating.


(ORCL) - Get Oracle Corporation Report

target raised at Citigroup to $24 from $21. Expectations of seasonally strong Q4 results and the closing of the SunMicro acquisition led to the raise in numbers. Maintained Buy rating.

O'Reilly Automotive

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numbers raised at Merrill/BofA through 2011. CSK integration appears to be on track. Buy rating and new $45 price target.



target increased Jefferies to $88. Company is leveraged to a positive pricing cycle and should see ongoing productivity gains. Buy rating.

Southwestern Energy

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target boosted at Keybanc to $55. Company remains positioned well to grow over the next few years. Buy rating.


(T) - Get AT&T Inc. Report

cut from Conviction Buy List at Goldman. Stock has trailed the market and wireless competition has increased. Buy rating and $32 price target.

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