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Abbott Laboratories ( ABT) was upgraded at Goldman Sachs ( GS) was upgraded to buy from neutral at Goldman Sachs. $44 price target. Growth poised to accelerated with margin expansion, Goldman said.

Accenture ( ACN) was upgraded at Goldman Sachs to buy. $90 price target. Consulting business is turning around, Goldman said.

American Greetings ( AM) ( AM) was upgraded to buy at TheStreet Ratings.

Brinker ( EAT) was downgraded at Wells Fargo to market perform from outperform. Sales growth should continue to decelerate, Wells Fargo said.

Equifax ( EFX) was downgraded at Goldman Sachs to neutral from buy. Valuation call, Goldman said.

General Dynamics ( GD) was upgraded at Drexel Hamilton to buy. $88 price target. Company will likely not be hurt as much by defense budget cuts, Drexel Hamilton said.

HigherOne Holdings ( ONE) was upgraded to hold at TheStreet Ratings.

CarMax ( KMX) was downgraded at William Blair to market perform at BMO Capital Markets. Expectations are high going in the first-quarter report, and valuation is rich, BMO Capital Markets said.

J.C. Penney ( JCP) was upgraded at Maxim Group to buy from hold. $27 price target. Recent change in strategy should drive traffic back to the stores, Maxim said.

Kansas City Southern ( KSU) was downgraded at Stifel Nicolaus to sell from hold. Valuation call, Stifel Nicolaus said.

Michael Kors ( KORS) was initiated with a buy rating at Canaccord Genuity. North American wholesale is an underappreciated growth opportunity, Canaccord said. Price target is $82.

Lowe's ( LOW) was downgraded at Oppenheimer to perform from outperform. Valuation call, Oppenheimer said.

NetApp ( NTAP) was downgraded at Robert Baird to outperform from neutral. Company is facing increased competition, Robert Baird said.

Priceline.com ( PCLN) was upgraded at Deutsche Bank to buy from hold. $900 price target. Expect industry fundamentals to improve in the second half of the year, Deutsche Bank said.

Red Hat ( RHT) was downgraded at BMO Capital Markets to market perform from outperform. $54 price target. Stock is up 15% in May, even though business is decelerating, BMO Capital said.

Range Resources ( RRC) was downgraded at Stifel Nicolaus to hold from buy. Valuation call, as the stock is up 22% year to date, Stifel Nicolaus said.

Sandisk ( SNDK) was downgraded at Nomura to neutral from buy. Valuation call, based on a $60 price target, Nomura said.

Taylor Morrison ( TMHC) was initiated with an overweight rating at J.P. Morgan. $31 price target. Company can deliver above-average order growth and margins, J.P. Morgan said.

T-Mobile US ( TMUS) was upgraded at Deutsche Bank to buy from hold. $28 price target. Operating momentum remains stable, and the company deserves a higher valuation, Deutsche Bank said.

Wisconsin Energy ( WEC) was downgraded at Robert Baird to neutral from outperform. Valuation call, Baird said.

STOCK COMMENTS/EPS CHANGES

Advanced Micro Devices ( AMD) price target and estimates were raised at UBS. Estimates were increased to reflect the semi-custom chip opportunity, said UBS. Price target goes to $4.50.

Boeing ( BA) estimates, price target were boosted at Stifel Nicolaus. Shares are now seen reaching $115.Estimates also upped, given expected margin improvement, Stifel Nicolaus said.

Best Buy ( BBY) price target and estimates were raised at UBS. Estimates were increased ahead of reporting first-quarter results. Sales stability and cost-cutting initiatives are expected to be reported, UBS said. Price target goes to $27.

Buckeye Partners ( BPL) price target and estimates were raised at UBS. BPL estimates were increased to reflect additional profit and revenue from Buckeye Pipeline Co. and BORCO, said UBS. Price target goes to $70.

Charter Communications ( CHTR) price target and estimates were raised at Citigroup. Estimates were increased on the first-quarter beat and lower-than-expected interest expense going forward, Citigroup said. Price target goes to $131.

Discover Financial ( DFS) price target and estimates were raised at KBW. Estimates were raised given improving credit trends and an expectation for benign ramp in credit losses, said KBW. Price target goes to $57.

J.C. Penney ( JCP) price target and estimates were reduced at BMO Capital Markets. Estimates were reduced given the first-quarter miss and increased interest expense, said BMO Capital Markets. Price target goes to $7.

Kraft Foods ( KFT) numbers were raised at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. Shares are now seen reaching $62. Estimates were also increased, given higher productivity, BoF/Merrill said. Buy rating.

Medtronic ( MDT) price target was raised at Citigroup to $57 given a higher peer group valuation, said Citigroup.

Tesoro ( TSO) price target and estimates were raised at UBS. FTC clearance for the Carson refinery acquisition was received, said UBS. Price target goes to $69.

VF Corp. ( VFC) price target was raised at Citigroup. Price target was raised to $219. The June analyst day will serve as a key catalyst for the stock, Citi said.

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