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Ameren

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downgraded at Citigroup: AEE was downgraded from Buy to Hold, Citigroup said. Long-term fundamentals remain solid, but the stock appears fully-valued. 4.6% dividend yield remains solid and above the industry average.

Affymetrix

(AFFX)

upgraded at UBS: AFFX was upgraded from Reduce to Neutral at UBS. $24 price target. Business may be nearing a bottom, and the stock appears inexpensive, even as estimates are falling.

Chico's FAS

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upgraded at Prudential: Prudential is upgrading CHS to an Overweight rating as story could get better in Q4 and sentiment is very negative. Target price now $28.

Covance

(CVD)

downgraded at Bear: CVD was downgraded from Outperform to Peer Perform at Bear Stearns. $70 price target. Estimates also cut, after the company guided to slower growth last night.

Coldwater Creek

(CWTR)

initiated at UBS: UBS initiates Coldwater Creek with a neutral rating and a $33 price target.

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( ISE) downgraded at CIBC: ISE was downgraded from Outperform to Sector Perform at CIBC. Valuation call, though estimates are being raised to reflect strong third quarter results.

Komag

( KOMG) upgraded at Bear Stearns: Bear Stearns upgrades Komag Inc. to outperform on margin recovery and product expansion.

Altria

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upgraded at AG Edwards: MO was upgraded from Hold to Buy at AG Edwards. $95 price target, based on the company's estimated breakup value.

Altria

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price target raised at Morgan Stanley: Morgan Stanley is raising its price target on Altria from $82 to $105, on increased confidence in the company's breakup. Reiterate overweight rating.

Murphy Oil

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downgraded at UBS: MUR was downgraded to Reduce at UBS. Company cut 2007 guidance, because of poor deepwater performance in the Gulf of Mexico. Estimates also cut. New $46 price target.

OMI

( OMM) upgraded at Bear Stearns: Bear Stearns upgraded OMM to outperform with a price target of $27.

Potash

(POT)

upgraded at JP Morgan: POT was upgraded from Underweight to Neutral at JP Morgan. Estimates also raised, to reflect low inventories and a robust agricultural environment.

Praxair

( RHAT) estimates upped at UBS: UBS raises 2006 and 2007 EPS estimates on Praxair to reflect the company's recent quarterly results. Maintain buy rating and $68 price target.

Red Hat

( RHAT) downgraded at Suntrust: RHAT was downgraded to Neutral, Suntrust Robinson Humphrey said. Competition from Oracle could take 25% off the stock, and remain dead money around $11 to $12.

Red Hat

( RHAT) price target cut at Goldman Sachs: Goldman is slashing its target on RHAT to $14 from $18 following Oracle's announcement that it will support a distribution of Linux that is compatible with Red Hat. See market share loss to Oracle. Maintain Sell rating.

STOCK COMMENTS / EPS CHANGES

Airgas

(ARG)

estimates raised at Jefferies: Jefferies is increasing its 2007 estimates on ARG by 3 cents to $1.95 after company reported strong Q2. Gas and Rent outpacing hard goods sales, driving margin gains. Reiterated Buy rating and $46 target.

Allegheny Technologies

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estimates raised at Prudential: Prudential is raising its 2007 estimates on ATI by 46 cents to $7.00 a share to reflect boom in commodity stainless profits. Maintained Neutral rating.

Boeing

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estimates increased at Jefferies: Jefferies is upping its 2006 estimates on BA by 20 cents to $2.50. Company easily beat Q3 expectations. Reiterated Buy rating and $100 target.

Harman International

(HAR)

estimates raised at Credit Suisse: Credit Suisse is raising its 2007 EPS estimates on HAR by 3 cents to $4.48 following strong F1Q results. Maintained Outperform rating and $115 target price.

Hess

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estimates, target lowered at UBS: HES estimates cut through 2007 because of higher exploration costs, UBS said. Stock remains inexpensive, relative to its peers. Buy rating and new $57 price target.

Microchip

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estimates cut at Prudential: Prudential is cutting its 2007 estimates on MCHP by 6 cents to $1.40 a share due to lowered outlook. Maintained Overweight rating, target cut to $38.

Nabors

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estimates cut at Jefferies: Jefferies is cutting its 2006 estimates on NBR to $3.68 from $3.80 to reflect lower margin assumptions. Reiterated Buy rating and $40 target.

Pulte Homes

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estimates lowered at UBS: PHM estimates cut to $3 a share in 2006 and $2.05 for next year at UBS. $38 price target. Management performing well, despite the difficult environment. Buy rating.

Smurfit-Stone

( SSCC) numbers cut at UBS:Shares of SSCC now seen reaching $13 at UBS. Estimates also lowered, to restructuring transition. Buy rating maintained, as the containerboard market has stabilized.

Wal-Mart

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target price raised at Credit Suisse: Credit Suisse is raising its target price on WMT to $59 from $55 following positive results from analyst meeting. Maintained Outperform rating.