Analysts' Actions: ABX EGO VRTX FSLR LNKD

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Barrick Gold ( ABX) downgraded at BMO from Outperform to Market Perform, BMO Capital said. $46 price target. Estimates also cut, as the company is facing higher operating costs.

Berry Petroleum ( BRY) downgraded at Wunderlich from Buy to Hold, Wunderlich said. $40 price target. Company is seeing slower production growth.

CBOE ( CBOE) upgraded at KBW from Underperform to Market Perform, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods said. $30 price target. Volatility complex is growing and the company may soon pay a special dividend.

Charter Communications ( CHTR) rated new Hold at Deutsche. $83 price target. Company faces numerous operational challenges.

Eldorado Gold ( EGO) rated new Overweight at Morgan Stanley. $19 price target. Company can deliver industry-leading growth over the next several years.

Exelon ( EXC) downgraded at Jefferies from Buy to Hold, Jefferies said. $34 price target. Company is seeing lower prices and may have to cut its dividend.

Fluor ( FLR) downgraded at Baird from Outperform to Neutral, Robert Baird said. $62 price target. Backlog is likely to trend lower.

First Solar ( FSLR) downgraded at Cantor from Buy to Hold, Cantor Fitzgerald said. Valuation call, based on a $23 price target.

Guess ( GES) downgraded at Jefferies Buy to Hold, Jefferies said. $25 price target. Company continues to lose managers and lacks near-term catalysts.

Iconix ( ICON) upgraded at Benchmark from Hold to Buy, Benchmark said. $23 price target. Company is carrying a lot of momentum into the new year and buying back stock.

Lifepoint Hospitals ( LPNT) downgraded at Cantor from Buy to Hold, Cantor Fitzgerald said. $35 price target. Company has relatively weak earnings leverage.

Las Vegas Sands ( LVS) downgraded at Cantor from Buy to Hold, Cantor Fitzgerald said. $46 price target. Company is seeing slower growth in Singapore.

Mednax ( MD) upgraded at Deutsche from Sell to Hold, Deutsche Bank said. $76 price target. Company is posting higher volumes and margins.

Pioneer Natural ( PXD) downgraded at Canaccord from Hold, Canaccord Genuity said. Valuation call, based on a $110 price target.

Rockwell Automation ( ROK) upgraded at JP Morgan from Neutral to Overweight, JP Morgan said. $91 price target. Expect a catch up of pent-up demand to cause growth to re-accelerate in the coming quarters.

True Blue ( TBI) upgraded at Deutsche from Hold to Buy, Deutsche Bank said. $16 price target. Company is leveraged to rising ISM new orders index and could see more demand following Hurricane Sandy.

Vertex Pharmaceuticals ( VRTX) downgraded at Goldman from Neutral to Sell, Goldman Sachs said. $43 price target. Have a more cautious outlook for the company's cystic fibrosis portfolio.

Watson Pharmaceuticals ( WPI) upgraded at Piper from Neutral to Overweight, Piper Jaffray said. $103 price target. Company offers growth at a reasonable price.

STOCK COMMENTS / EPS CHANGES

LinkedIn ( LNKD) numbers boosted at Citi. Shares of LNKD now seen reaching $135, according to Citigroup. Estimates also upped, as the company is gaining market share. Buy rating.

Priceline.com ( PCLN) numbers raised at Goldman. Shares of PCLN now seen reaching $770, according to Goldman Sachs. Estimates also increased, as the company is realizing higher bookings growth. Buy rating.

Pfizer ( PFE) estimates, target reduced at BMO. PFE estimates were cut through 2013, BMO Capital said. Company is being hurt by the stronger dollar. Outperform rating and new $29 price target.

Starbucks ( SBUX) estimates, target raised at BofA/Merrill. Shares of SBUX now seen reaching $60, according to Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. Estimates also increased, as new products are driving growth. Buy rating.

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