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American Eagle


downgraded at AG Edwards: AEOS was downgraded from Buy to Hold at AG Edwards. Company is trading well in excess of its historical average valuation.

Cincinnati Bell

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downgraded at JP Morgan: CBB was downgraded from Overweight to Neutral at JP Morgan. Company will likely boost CapEx spending in 2007, which could delay the debt pay-down strategy.

Computer Sciences


upgraded at Prudential: Prudential is upgrading CSC to an Overweight rating as bookings are up, margins are rising, and company is buying back stock aggressively.

General Electric

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downgraded at Merrill: GE was downgraded from Buy to Neutral at Merrill Lynch. $36 price target. Stock is trading at a premium to the S&P 500. Earnings growth is also facing potential headwinds from the lower tax rate and recent one-time gains.

Int'l Flavors & Fragrances

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downgraded at JP Morgan: IFF was downgraded from Overweight to Neutral at JP Morgan. Shares appear fully valued, until more details are learned about the restructuring program. Maintaining estimates.

News Corp

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(NWS) - Get News Corporation Class B Report

upgraded at Goldman: Goldman is upgrading NWS to Buy from Neutral based on a number of non-advertising catalysts including higher fees at Fox and the spin-off of DTV. Raised target price to $25 from $21.

Oshkosh Truck

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downgraded at Baird: OSK was downgraded from Outperform to Neutral, Robert Baird said. $65 price target. JLG acquisition makes financial sense, but represents a significant strategy shift.

UnitedHealth Group

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downgraded at Goldman: Goldman is downgrading UNH to Sell from Neutral. Expects shares to fall further now that CEO has stepped down. Lowered target price to $42 from $44.


(VIA) - Get Viacom Inc. Class A Report

downgraded at Goldman: Goldman is downgrading VIA to Neutral from Buy based on valuation. Stock has only 8% upside to revised target price of $42.


(VSH) - Get Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. Report

downgraded at Weisel: VSH was downgraded from Outperform to Peer Perform at Thomas Weisel. Estimates also cut, as pricing and growth deteriorates.



(CSCO) - Get Cisco Systems, Inc. Report

target raised at Merrill: CSCO target boosted to $27 at Merrill Lynch. Company likely to take further market share in the router business over the coming quarters. Buy rating.


(MSFT) - Get Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Report

target boosted at Merrill:MSFT now seen reaching $33 a share at Merrill Lynch. Company facing several potential near-term catalysts, and earnings comparisons become more favorable in the first quarter of 2007. Buy rating.

Tyson Foods

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estimates lowered at Credit Suisse: Credit Suisse said it is lowering its 2007 EPS estimates on TSN to $0.60 from $1.00 citing near-term challenges. Maintained $18 target price.


Prudential upgrades two Aluminum stocks:Prudential is raising its aluminum price forecast due to lower than expected interest rates and energy markets. AA and AL upgraded to Overweight.

Two Refiners upgraded at Deutsche:Deutsche Bank upgraded FTO to Hold from Sell. Rating on HES was also boosted from Hold to Buy, as the sector is expected to rebound from current levels.

Goldman upgrades


and downgrades


:Goldman is upgrading LOW to Buy and downgrading HD to Neutral. Cites difficulties in industry but believes LOW has more upside at current price.

Citigroup changes global sector ratings:Citigroup downgraded its view on Global retail stocks from Underweight to Neutral. Software stocks also boosted from Underweight to Overweight, while Global Energy stocks were cut from Overweight to Neutral.