Merck: Analysts' Upgrades, Downgrades

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Alliance Data ( ADS) downgraded at JP Morgan from Overweight to Neutral, JP Morgan said. Valuation call.

American Electric ( AEP) downgraded at Citigroup from Buy to Hold, Citigroup said. $38 price target. Company is facing higher regulatory risks in Ohio.

Aetna ( AET) rated new Neutral at Susquehanna. Valuation call, based on a $36 price target.

Dominion Resources ( D) upgraded at Deutsche from Hold to Buy, Deutsche Bank said. $46.50 price target. Company can deliver strong regulated growth.

Consolidated Edison ( ED) downgraded at Goldman to Sell, Goldman Sachs said. Valuation call.

FedEx ( FDX) rated new Buy at Citigroup. Company has strong potential earnings leverage.

Gen-Probe ( GPRO) downgraded at RBC from Outperform to Sector Perform, RBC Capital said. Valuation call, based on a $58 price target.

Hasbro ( HAS) rated new Buy at Jefferies. $61 price target. Company is leveraging its brands to expand beyond traditional toys.

Health Net ( HNT) downgraded at Cowen to Neutral, Cowen said. Valuation call.

IAC/InterActiveCorp ( IACI) downgraded at Goldman from Buy to Neutral, Goldman Sachs said. $33 price target. Valuation call, as the stock is up 38% over the past year.

Illumina ( ILMN) downgraded at RBC from Outperform to Sector Perform, RBC Capital said. Stock lacks near-term catalysts. $65 price target.

Life Technologies ( LIFE) downgraded at RBC from Outperform to Sector Perform, RBC Capital said. Valuation call, based on a $54 price target.

Mattel ( MAT) rated new Buy at Jefferies with a Buy rating, Jefferies said. $28 price target. Company is managing costs and is a market leader for younger children.

MGM Resorts ( MGM) upgraded at Citigroup from Sell to Hold, Citigroup said. Company refinanced its CityCenter debt and Las Vegas is showing signs of a recovery.

Merck ( MRK) downgraded at Citigroup from Buy to Hold, Citigroup said. $39 price target. Company is halting progress on Vorapaxar, which was its best near-term prospect.

Marathon Oil ( MRO) downgraded at JP Morgan from Overweight to Neutral, JP Morgan said. Stock is already pricing in a spin-off of the refining assets. $45 price target.

NV Energy ( NVE) downgraded at Goldman to Neutral, Goldman Sachs said. Valuation call.

Patriot Coal ( PCX) downgraded at FBR from Outperform to Market Perform, FBR Capital Markets said. Valuation call.

UnitedHealth ( UNH) rated new Positive at Susquehanna. $48 price target. Company has good visibility for mid-teens annual earnings growth.

United Parcel ( UPS) rated new Buy at Citigroup. Company should see margins recover along with the broader economy.

WellCare Health Plans ( WCG) downgraded at BofA/Merrill to Neutral from Buy as Georgia and Florida Medicaid contracts could be rebidded, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch said. Price target increased to $33 from $32.

Walter Energy ( WLT) downgraded at FBR from Outperform to Market Perform, FBR Capital Markets said. Valuation call.

This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.

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