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Ashland

(ASH) - Get Ashland Global Holdings, Inc. Report

downgraded at Susquehanna from Positive to Neutral, Susquehanna Financial said. Valuation call, based on a $37 price target.

Continental Resources

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initiated at UBS. Initiated with a Neutral rating and $39 price target. Introduces 2009 EPS estimates of $2.08.

Compass Minerals

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rated new Buy at Keybanc. $63 price target. Company has an efficient, low-cost operating and the stock appears attractive at current levels.

Costco

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upgraded at William Blair from Underperform to Market Perform. Valuation call, as business trends will likely stabilize in the coming quarters.

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Concho Resources

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initiated at UBS. Initiated with a Buy rating and $45 price target. Introduces 2009 EPS estimates of $4.23.

Denbury Resources

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downgraded at UBS from Buy to Neutral. $18 price target. Valuation call, as the stock lacks near-term catalysts.

Google

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upgraded at ThinkEquity from Source of Funds to Buy. $550 price target. Company is likely to outperform as the economy recovers.

Harman International

(HAR)

initiated at JP Morgan. Initiated with an Overweight rating and $44 price target. Introduces fiscal 2010 EPS estimates of $0.50.

Lowe's

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upgraded at Morgan Stanley. Rating raised to Overweight from Equal-weight. Raises fiscal 2010 EPS estimates to $1.12 from $1.11. Maintains $24 price target.

Mastercard

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rated new Buy at Jefferies. $240 price target. Company has greater opportunity for transaction growth, as the company gains market share in debit.

OGE Energy

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initiated at Barclays with an Overweight rating and $37 price target. Analysts noted their successful gas pipeline business, Enogex. 2009 and 2010 EPS estimates set at $2.47 and $2.87 respectively.

Sherwin-Williams

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downgraded at Morgan Stanley. Rating lowered to Equal-weight from Overweight. Eliminates $60 price target. Maintains 2009 EPS estimates of $3.48.

Time Warner

(TWX)

rated new Outperform at Wells Fargo. Coverage started with an Outperform rating. Spin-offs of TWC and AOL will leave a leading, focused media player.

Visa

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rated new Buy at Deutsche. Coverage started with a Buy rating. $80 price target. Company has the largest payment network in the world, and better operating leverage than MA.

Warner Chilcott

(WCRX)

upgraded at Jefferies from Hold to Buy. $26.50 price target. PG acquisition makes the company stronger and should be accretive to 2010 earnings.

STOCK COMMENTS / EPS CHANGES

Franklin Resources

(SYMBOL)

numbers raised at Stifel to $108. Estimates also boosted, to reflect market share gains. Buy rating.G

Con Edison

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numbers raised at Goldman to $35. Estimates also boosted, to reflect lower capital spending. Sell rating, based on valuation.

Home Depot

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estimates raised at Morgan Stanley through 2012. Traffic is growing, and the company posted better comps than LOW last quarter. Equal-weight rating.

International Rectifier

(IRF)

estimates upped at UBS through 2010. Expect better demand in the auto and industrial markets. Neutral rating and $14.50 price target.

Micron

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estimates, target raised at UBS. Shares now seen reaching $7.50. Estimates also boosted, to reflect improving memory pricing trends. Neutral rating.

Procter & Gamble

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estimates changed at Barclays. Raised PG's 2010 EPS to $4.05 from $3.72. 2011 EPS estimate cut to $3.93 from $4.10. Maintain Overweight rating and $60 price target.

PPG Industries

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price target lifted at Barclays to $60 from $56 after meetings with PPG's management revealed that PPG remains well positioned to grow earnings ahead of peer group. Maintain 2009 EPS estimate of $2.45. 2010 EPS estimate boosted to $3.77 from $3.50. Reiterate Overweight rating.

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