Analysts' Actions: ABT BK JNJ LULU


Abbott Laboratories ( ABT) was downgraded at Deutsche Bank from buy to hold. Valuation call, based on a $33 price target, Deutsche said.

Aruba Networks ( ARUN) was upgraded at Stifel Nicolaus from hold to buy. $27 price target. Growth could re-accelerate in 2013, Stifel Nicolaus said.

The Bank of New York Mellon ( BK) was downgraded at Citigroup to neutral from buy. Valuation call, Citi said.

BancorpSouth ( BXS) was downgraded at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods from market perform to underperform. Valuation call, based on a $12 price target, KBW said.

Cardinal Health ( CAH) was upgraded at Mizuho from neutral to buy. $46 price target. Company will likely renew two major contracts in 2013, Mizuho said.

Continental Resources ( CLR) was initiated with a buy rating at Deutsche Bank. $94 price target. Solid Bakken position can continue to drive growth, Deutsche said.

Cepheid ( CPHD) was downgraded at Piper Jaffray from overweight to neutral. $34 price target. See further downside potential to near-term results, Piper Jaffray said.

Endo Pharmaceuticals ( ENDP) was downgraded at Piper Jaffray from overweight to neutral. Opana ER is facing generic competition, Piper Jaffray said. $28 price target.

Esco Technologies ( ESE) was upgraded at Robert Baird from neutral to outperform. $52 price target. Company should see higher orders in the near term, Robert Baird said.

Edwards Lifesciences ( EW) was initiated with a market perform rating at JMP Securities. Company trades at a premium to its peers but has limited upside earnings potential, JMP said.

East West Bancorp ( EWBC) was upgraded at Sterne Agee to buy from neutral. $26 price target. Earnings power from expense management, Sterne Agee said.

FactSet Research Systems ( FDS) was initiated at Goldman Sachs with a sell rating. $79 price target. Slowing growth and emerging competition, Goldman said.

Freescale ( FSL) was downgraded at JP Morgan to neutral. Company could see lower demand and lacks near-term catalysts, JP Morgan said.

Illumina ( ILMN) was upgraded at Piper Jaffray from neutral to overweight. $61 price target. Company can continue to gain market share in next-generation sequencing, Piper Jaffray said.

Johnson & Johnson ( JNJ) was upgraded at Deutsche Bank to buy. $82 price target. Company has a diversified business and deserves to trade at a premium valuation, Deutsche said.

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