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Dover

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upgraded at Goldman Sachs: Goldman is upgrading DOV to Buy from Neutral due to margin improvements, successful acquisition strategy, and strength in key energy and tech markets. Price target of $58.

Freddie Mac

( FRE) downgraded at Morgan Stanley: Morgan Stanley downgrades Freddie Mac from overweight to equalweight based on valuation, as it believes the company's political catalysts appear discounted.

Freescale

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downgraded at Piper: Piper is downgrading FSL to a Market Perform rating due to impending acquisition.

General Dynamics

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downgraded at Goldman Sachs:GD downgraded to Neutral from Buy due to valuation at Goldman. See potential growth priced into shares at current levels. Target price at $82.

Greenhill

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upgraded to Neutral at UBS: GHL was upgraded to Neutral at UBS. $69 price target. Company missed quarterly earnings expectations, because of merchant banking. Even so, 2007 estimates are being raised to reflect higher realized margins.

Hershey

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upgraded at Bear:HSY was upgraded from Peer Perform to Outperform at Bear Stearns. Stock looks oversold after recent sell-off, and is already pricing in lower earnings.

Laboratory Corp.

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upgraded at UBS: LH was upgraded from Neutral to Buy at UBS. $78 price target. Debt swap should be accretive to earnings, and the UNH contract extension improves long-term visibility.

Pfizer

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downgraded at Raymond James: PFE was downgraded from Strong Buy to Market Perform at Raymond James. Company's earnings quality is declining, and top pipeline drug could face delays.

RadioShack

(RSH)

downgraded at Jefferies: Jefferies is downgrading RSH to Underperform from Hold, due to clouded outlook and 40% advance since July. See eroding fundamentals and lack of takeover potential at current levels. Price target at $16.

Sybase

( SY) downgraded at Jefferies: SY downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies. See uncertainty around future profitability of Mobile 365 business, inconsistent execution in iAnywhere, and less attractive valuation. Price target lowered to $26 from $30.

Whole Foods

( WFMI) downgraded at UBS: WFMI was downgraded from Buy to Neutral, UBS said. $67 price target. Valuation call, as the stock is up 27% since Aug. 1. 2007 sales guidance also looks conservative.

STOCK COMMENTS / EPS CHANGES

Broadcom

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estimates cut at Prudential: Prudential is cutting its 2006 estimates on BRCM by 3 cents to 75 cents a share to reflect lowered fourth-quarter outlook. Maintained Overweight rating.

Citigroup

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estimates higher at Goldman: Goldman is raising its 2006 estimates on C to $4.37 from $4.30 after company reported Q3 outperformance. See no evidence of robust organic domestic banking growth. Maintained Neutral rating and $52 price target.

Check Point

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target price raised at Jefferies: Jefferies is increasing its target on CHKP to $25 from $22 after company reported strong Q3 revenues. Early checks indicate healthy pipelines for Q4. Reiterated Buy rating.

Google

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price target raised at Goldman: Goldman is increasing its target on GOOG to $595 from $525 due to strong gains in revenue and operating margins. See new products, better monetization, and continuing market penetration. Maintained Buy rating.

Google

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estimates raised at Jefferies: Jefferies is upping its 2006 estimates on GOOG to $10.21 from $10.05 due to strong traffic, improvements in monetization and healthy international growth. Price target increased to $520 from $500. Reiterated Buy rating.

Coca-Cola

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added to Focus 1 list at Merrill: KO was added to the Focus List at Merrill Lynch. Quarterly volume trends continue to impress, and the company has well balanced geographic diversity. Buy rating and $48 price target.

McDonald's

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price target increased at Jefferies:MCD target upped to $42 from $38, Jefferies said. Company reported consistent Q3 results with improving margins in all segments. Reiterated Hold rating.

New York Times

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estimates cut at Prudential: Prudential is cutting its 2006 estimates on NYT by 5 cents to $1.46 a share to reflect weak ad environment. Target cut to $19.

Sprint Nextel

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numbers cut at Credit Suisse: Credit Suisse is cutting 2006-2007 EPS estimates for Sprint-Nextel, based on lower net adds from Boost Mobile.

SIRF

( SIRF) estimates cut at Piper: Piper is cutting its 2007 estimates on SIRF by 4 cents to $1.06 a share to reflect lower expected revenue growth following third-quarter results. Maintained Outperform rating.

Savvis

( SVVS) target upped at Jefferies: Jefferies is increasing its target on SVVS to $50 from $36 following excellent Q3 results. Strength in hosting and better than expected results in managed IP VPN highlighted quarter. Maintained Buy rating.

UnitedHealth

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estimates raised at Piper: Piper is raising its 2006 estimates on UNH by 2 cents to $2.97 a share to reflect Q2 outperformance and revised guidance. Maintained Outperform rating.