Akamai ( AKAM) downgraded at Goldman to Sell from Neutral. The firm believes that the co. is going to be experiencing ongoing competitive headwinds which may lead to underperformance. Lowered price target to $20 from $21.

Alfa ( ALFAA) upgraded at Credit Suisse to Outperform from Underperform. Strong upside potential is seen after reporting exceptional results stemming from strong profitability improvements. Increased target price to $4 from $2.

Franklin Resources ( BEN) rated new Buy at Pali. $87 price target. Company should benefit from improving flows in international markets.

CME Group ( CME) rated new Outperform at JMP with an Outperform rating. $335 price target. Volumes and debt capital raising may be past trough levels.

CommVault Systems ( CVLT) upgraded at Goldman to Neutral from Sell. Its strong technology has given it more exposure and a more likely candidate for a strategic acquisition. Increased target to $17 from $15.

Darden Restaurants ( DRI) rated new Buy at Jefferies. $40 price target. Sales have softened in recent quarters, but the company still stacks up well relative to its peers.

Johnson Controls ( JCI) downgraded at Goldman to Conviction Sell from Neutral based on valuation. The co. is likely to underperform due to its exposure in the autos space. Lowered its target price to $17 from $19.

Johnson Controls ( JCI) target raised, estimates cut at Barclays to $24 from $19 on increased content, and significant exposure to Asia. 2009 EPS estimate lowered from $0.36 to $0.34 and 2010 EPS estimate cut to $1.35 from $1.48. Maintain Equal Weight rating.

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