Analysts' Actions: EWBC MKL ROST ANN

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- CHANGE IN RATINGS

East West Bancorp ( EWBC) was downgraded at DA Davidson from Buy to Neutral. $24 price target. Company is seeing slower loan growth and yield compression, DA Davidson said.

Markel ( MKL) was upgraded to Market Perform at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. $475 price target. Company's loss reserves are improving, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods said.

Ross Stores ( ROST) was upgraded from Neutral to Buy at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. $68 price target. Company can continue to gain market share, BofA/Merrill said.

STOCK COMMENTS / EPS CHANGES

Ann ( ANN) estimates, price target were raised at UBS. Shares are now seen reaching $40. Estimates were also increased, as higher sales are driving margin expansion, UBS said. Buy rating.

HollyFrontier ( HFC) numbers raised at Oppenheimer. Shares are now seen reaching $46. Estimates were also raised on mid-con crude advantage, Oppenheimer said. Outperform rating.

Highwoods Properties ( HIW) price target was lowered at Jefferies to $36. Trends somewhat mixed, Jefferies said. Hold rating.

Innophos ( IPHS) estimates, price target reduced at Keybanc. IPHS estimates were cut through 2013. Company has a lower outlook for GTSP, Keybanc said. Buy rating and new $63 price target.

Mindray Medical ( MR) numbers were raised at Oppenheimer. Shares are now seen reaching $39. Estimates also raised on conservative guidance setting stage for more beats, Oppenheimer said. Outperform rating.

Williams Sonoma ( WSM) numbers were increased at UBS. WSM estimates were raised through 2014. Company should see higher sales growth and better operating leverage, UBS said. Neutral rating and new $39 price target.

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