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Dow Chemical: Analysts' Upgrades, Downgrades

Dow Chemical upgraded at Deutsche Bank from Hold to Buy.
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Abercrombie & Fitch


upgraded at Brean Murray from Sell to Hold. $33 price target. Stock is already pricing in lower sales and slower international growth.

Dow Chemical


upgraded at Deutsche Bank from Hold to Buy. Coverage was reinstated and cost synergies from a recent acquisition are running ahead of plan. $32 price target.

First Solar


rated new Buy at Goldman. $150 price target. Company should begin to see larger US installations.



initiated at Barclays with an Overweight rating and $35 price target. Hanesbrands switching from a "build it" investment story to a "leverage it" growth story, Barclays said.

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Becton Dickinson


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estimates increased at Goldman through 2012. New analyst sees further growth potential in China and Europe. Neutral rating and $43 price target.

Computer Sciences


target lowered at Kaufman to $53. Company could be hurt by lower government spending. Hold rating.



target lowered at UBS to $22. Promotion levels have been increasing in retail. Neutral rating.



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Johnson & Johnson


numbers lowered at Goldman through 2012. European budget concerns and the consumer recall will weigh on earnings. Neutral rating and new $64 price target.

KB Home


estimates, target cut at JMP. Shares of KBH now seen reaching $17. Estimates also lowered, lower expected deliveries and margins. Outperform rating.

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price target cut at Credit Suisse to $27 from $31on expectations of a weak second half of 2010. Maintain Outperform rating.

Medco Health


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Office Depot


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numbers reduced at Goldman through 2013. XTO deal will dilute earnings. Neutral rating and new $65 price target.

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