Analysts' Actions: AZO BHI FIO MGM NOC

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- CHANGE IN RATINGS:

Alon USA Partners ( ALDW) was initiated with a neutral rating at Citigroup. $20 price target. Big refining payout priced into mid-cycle estimates, Citi said.

Ameriprise ( AMP) was downgraded at Credit Suisse from outperform to neutral. $67 price target. Valuation call, as the stock is up 16% over the past two months, Credit Suisse said.

Aptargroup ( ATR) was upgraded at Robert Baird from neutral to outperform. $58 price target. Acquisition should add to earnings and the company is cutting costs, Baird said.

AutoZone ( AZO) was downgraded at Morgan Stanley to underweight from equal-weight. $340 price target. Exposure to payroll tax expiration and slowing DIFM sales, Morgan Stanley said.

Baker Hughes ( BHI) was downgraded at Sterne Agee to neutral from buy. $46 price target. Limited near-term catalysts and concerns over profitability in Latin America, Sterne Agee said.

Ball ( BLL) was downgraded at Robert Baird from outperform to neutral. Valuation call, based on a $48 price target, Baird said.

Celgene ( CELG) was upgraded at Piper Jaffray to overweight from neutral. $111 price target. Successful pipeline reduces reliance on Revlimid, Piper Jaffray said.

DDR Corp. ( DDR) was downgraded at Jefferies to hold from buy. $17 price target. Key catalyst has now occurred, Jefferies said.

Deckers ( DECK) was downgraded at Robert Baird from outperform to neutral. $45 price target. Warmer winter weather could hurt Ugg sales, Baird said.

EMC Corp. ( EMC) was downgraded at William Blair to market perform from outperform. Cyclical and secular headwinds to storage industry growth in 2013, William Blair said.

Emerson Electric ( EMR) was downgraded at Morgan Stanley to equal-weight. Valuation call, based on a $62 price target, Morgan Stanley said.

Equity Residential ( EQR) were upgraded at Jefferies to buy from hold. $64 price target. Transformational story gains momentum, Jefferies said. Buy rating.

Fusion-io ( FIO) was downgraded at William Blair to market perform from outperform. Slower enterprise bookings and lackluster software growth, William Blair said.

Genworth ( GNW) was downgraded at Credit Suisse from neutral to underperform. $7 price target. Valuation call, as the stock has doubled since the summer, Credit Suisse said.

Halcon Resources ( HK) was upgraded to hold at TheStreet Ratings.

Harman International ( HAR) was upgraded to buy at TheStreet Ratings.

Highwood Properties ( HIW) was upgraded at Jefferies to buy from hold. $40 price target. Beneficiary of improving suburban office fundamentals, Jefferies said.

MGM Resorts ( MGM) was upgraded at Credit Suisse from neutral to outperform. $17 price target. Estimates also increased, as the company is improving its balance sheet, Credit Suisse said.

MKS Instruments ( MKSI) was upgraded at Bank of America to buy from underperform. $32 price target. Early cyclical leverage, Bank of America said.

Northrop Grumman ( NOC) was downgraded at JP Morgan from neutral to underweight. Company trades at a 13% premium to its peers, JP Morgan said.

Och-Ziff ( OZM) was downgraded at Goldman Sachs to neutral. Company is seeing relatively sluggish asset flow trends, Goldman said.

Raytheon ( RTN) was downgraded at JP Morgan from overweight to neutral. Valuation call, as the stock is up 23% over the past year, JP Morgan said.

Senior Housing Properties ( SNH) was downgraded at Jefferies to hold from buy. $24 price target. Wait-and-see approach on RIDEA, Jefferies said.

Superior Energy Services ( SPN) was downgraded to Sterne Agee to neutral from buy. $24 price target. Lack of near-term catalysts, Sterne Agee said.

FMC Technologies ( FTI) was upgraded at Sterne Agee to buy from neutral. $56 price target. Margin inflection point expected in 2013, Sterne Agee said.

Ventas ( VTR) was upgraded at Jefferies to buy from hold. $72 price target. Positive mix between defense and growth, Jefferies said.

Stock Comments / EPS Changes

Amarin Corp. ( AMRN) numbers were lowered at Jefferies. Shares are seen reaching $26. Estimates were also lowered on incremental commercialization update, Jefferies said. Buy rating.

American Tower ( AMT) price target was raised at Oppenheimer. Shares are now seen reaching $90. Well-positioned to enable broadband services, Oppenheimer said. Outperform rating.

Celgene ( CELG) numbers were raised at Jefferies. Shares are now seen reaching $104. Estimates were also raised on strong 2013-2017 outlook. Buy rating.

Cliffs Natural Resources ( CLF) numbers were boosted at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. Shares are now seen reaching $39. Estimates were also increased, given higher expected iron ore prices, BofA/Merrill said. Neutral rating.

Eaton Corp. ( ETN) price was target raised at Oppenheimer to $63. Expectation has runway into late 2013, Oppenheimer said. Outperform rating.

MetLife ( MET) was added to the US Focus List at Credit Suisse. Stock is already pricing in the worst-case scenario for 2013, Credit Suisse said.

Qualcomm ( QCOM) estimates, price target were raised at Credit Suisse. Shares are now seen reaching $75. Estimates were also increased, as the company can expand its margins, Credit Suisse said. Outperform rating.

Yum! Brands ( YUM) numbers were cut at UBS. Shares are now seen reaching $69. Estimates were also lowered on lower China SSS forecasts, UBS said. Neutral rating.

Yum Brands numbers were reduced at Credit Suisse. Shares are now seen reaching $77. Estimates were also reduced, given lower realized sales in China. Outperform rating.

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