Analysts' Actions: LNT, IFF, HSY, HIBB

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- CHANGE IN RATINGS

Great Plains Energy ( GXP) was downgraded at Wunderlich Securities from Buy to Hold. $22 price target. Valuation call, as the stock has gained 26% since August, Wunderlich said.

Hibbett Sports ( HIBB) was upgraded at Sterne Agee to Buy. $50 price target. Company is carrying a lot of operating momentum into 2012, Sterne Agee said.

Hershey ( HSY) was upgraded at Ticonderoga from Neutral to Buy. $66 price target. Company is raising prices, Ticonderoga said.

Int'l. Flavors & Fragrances ( IFF) was upgraded at JP Morgan from Neutral to Overweight. Valuation call, based on a $60 price target, JP Morgan said.

Alliant Energy ( LNT) was upgraded at Wunderlich Securities from Hold to Buy. $45 price target. Construction subsidiary could be sold in 2012, Wunderlich said.

Morgan Stanley ( MS) was upgraded at Collins Stewart from Hold to Buy. Valuation call, as the stock has been cut in half this year, Collins Steward said. $21 price target.

ON Semiconductor ( ONNN) was rated new Overweight at Evercore Partners. $9 price target. Company has tremendous upside potential when the chip cycle reaches an inflection point, Evercore said.

Research In Motion ( RIMM) was downgraded to Market Underperform at JMP Securities. $12 price target. Estimates also cut, as the company is facing increased competition, JMP said.

Target ( TGT) was downgraded at JP Morgan to Neutral. Comp sales growth could decelerate into 2012, JP Morgan said.

Walgreen ( WAG) was downgraded at Morgan Stanley from Overweight to Underweight. $29 price target. ESRX resolution appears less likely, Morgan Stanley said.

Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) was upgraded at JP Morgan to Overweight. Domestic sales will likely continue to improve, JP Morgan said.

STOCK COMMENTS / EPS CHANGES

Atwood Oceanics ( ATW) estimates were raised at Jefferies through 2012. Strong earnings growth profile, Jefferies said. Buy rating.

CenturyLink ( CTL) estimates were raised at Oppenheimer through 2012. Update on pro forma historicals incorporating SVVS/Q results., Oppenheimer said. Perform rating.

Footlocker ( FL) numbers were raised at Jefferies. Shares are now seen reaching $24. Estimates were also raised on strong momentum. Hold rating.

Foot Locker estimates and price target were raised at UBS. Shares are now seen reaching $24. Estimates also increased on room for operational improvement and potential for LT financial target to be revised higher, UBS said. Neutral rating.

Gap ( GPS) estimates were raised at Keybanc through 2012. Company is keeping a tight lid on costs, Keybanc said. Hold rating.

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