Analysts' Actions: AMAT APA DG INTC NWSA

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Applied Materials ( AMAT) was upgraded at DA Davidson to buy from neutral. $18 price target. Company is a technology leader and is attractive following a 9% decline, DA Davidson said.

Apache ( APA) was downgraded at Stifel Nicolaus to hold from buy. Company has sizable exposure to Egypt, Stifel Nicolaus said. Fair value is $90.

Cablevision ( CVC) was downgraded at Nomura to neutral from buy. Valuation call, based on a $20 price target, Nomura said.

Carbo Ceramics ( CRR) was upgraded to buy at TheStreet Ratings.

Dollar General ( DG) was upgraded at J.P. Morgan to overweight. $64 price target. Company can generate sustainable, mid-teens annual earnings growth, J.P. Morgan said.

Halcon ( HK) was downgraded at Stifel Nicolaus to hold from buy. Company offered a lower 2014 outlook and diluted the stock with a recent offering, Stifel Nicolaus said.

Intel ( INTC) was upgraded at Piper Jaffray to neutral from underweight. $22 price target. Downside is limited, with a 4.1% dividend yield, Piper Jaffray said.

Kaiser Aluminum ( KALU) was upgraded at Sterne Agee to buy from neutral. $80 price target. Company excutes well, trades at an attractive valuation can is leveraged to increasing aerospace demand, Sterne Agee said.

SL Green Realty ( SLG) was downgraded to hold at TheStreet Ratings.

News Corp. ( NWSA) was initiated with a buy rating at UBS. $19 price target. Company is a unique play for long-term investors, News Corp. said.

PulteGroup ( PHM) was upgraded at Wells Fargo to outperform from market perform. Company has limited downside potential and has a favorable buyer mix, Wells Fargo said.

Ross Stores ( ROST) was upgraded at Morgan Stanley to overweight from equal-weight. $77 price target. Off-price retail should benefit from poor department store results in the second quarter, Morgan Stanley said.

Riverbed ( RVBD) was downgraded at JMP Securities to market perform from outperform. Company has struggled and now the company's president is leaving, JMP Securities said.

Southwestern Energy ( SWN)was downgraded at BMO Capital Markets to market perform. Valuation call, based on a $40 price target, BMO Capital Markets said.

Stock Comments / EPS Changes

Gamestop ( GME) estimates, price target were increased at Sterne Agee. Estimates were raised through 2015. Visibility and growth are improving, Sterne Agee said. Buy rating and new $55 price target.

Valspar ( VAL) estimates, price target were reduced at Credit Suisse. Shares are now seen reaching $72. Estimates were also cut, given lower margin expectations, Credit Suisse said. Neutral rating.

ExxonMobil ( XOM) estimates were cut at Oppenheimer. Estimates were reduced through 2014. Company will likely repurchase fewer shares, Oppenheimer said. Perform rating.

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