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Albermarle ( ALB) was downgraded at Sterne Agee to neutral from buy. Estimates were also cut, given a slower growth outlook, Sterne Agee said.

Align Technology ( ALGN) was upgraded at Cantor Fitzgerald to buy from hold. $60 price target. Volume and pricing trends are improving, Cantor said.

Advanced Micro ( AMD) was downgraded at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch to neutral from buy. Company remains leveraged to slower PC growth, BofA/Merrill said. $4.50 price target.

Amazon.com ( AMZN) was upgraded at UBS to buy from neutral. Bullish secular backdrop for multichannel commerce accelerates revenue growth, UBS said. $385 price target.

Alpha Natural ( ANR) was downgraded at BMO Capital to underperform from market perform. $4 price target. Expect to see more production cuts at the company, BMO Capital said.

AthenaHealth ( ATHN) was upgraded at Sterne Agee to buy. $132 price target. Estimates also upped, as core sales growth should accelerate in the coming quarters, Sterne Agee said.

Aspen Technology ( AZPN) was downgraded at J.P. Morgan to neutral from overweight. $38 price target. Valuation call, J.P. Morgan said.

Baxter ( BAX) was downgraded at Morgan Stanley to equal-weight from overweight. Estimates were also cut, given lower expected Advate growth, Morgan Stanley said.

Peabody Energy ( BTU) was upgraded at BMO Capital to outperform from market perform. $23 price target. Costs are coming down in Australia and the stock is attractively valued, BMO Capital said.

CBOE Holdings ( CBOE) was upgraded at UBS to buy from neutral. Strong secular growth and valuation call, UBS said. $56 price target.

Cypress Semiconductor ( CY) was upgraded at Pacific Crest to sector perform from outperform. Valuation call, based on an $11 price target.

Essex Property Trust ( ESS) was upgraded at UBS to buy from neutral. High exposure to strong rental growth in West Coast and promising development pipeline in CA, UBS said. Valuation call, $180 price target.

Fairchild Semiconductor ( FCS) was downgraded at Canaccord Genuity to hold. Company offered a soft outlook for the fourth quarter and lacks near-term catalysts, Canaccord said. $12 price target.

Finish Line ( FINL) was initiated with a neutral rating and $25 price target at UBS.

21st Century Fox ( FOXA) was upgraded at BTIG to buy from neutral. $40 price target. Company can generate superior long-term growth, driven by its sports franchise, BTIG said.

Intuit ( INTU) was upgraded at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch to buy. $78 price target. Increased small-business activity should drive growth, BofA/Merrill said.

International Rectifier ( IRF) was downgraded at Wells Fargo to market perform from outperform. Signs are pointing to lower electronics demand, Wells Fargo said.

K12 ( LRN) was downgraded to hold at TheStreet Ratings.

Monolithic Power ( MPWR) was downgraded at Wells Fargo to market perform from outperform. Valuation call, given a lower growth outlook for the chip business.

Panera Bread ( PNRA) was downgraded at Wedbush to neutral from outperform. $165 price target. Recent channel checks suggest softer sales, Wedbush said.

Sonoco ( SON) was downgraded at DA Davidson to underperform from neutral. Valuation call, based on a $37 price target, DA Davidson said.

Tsakos Energy Energy Navigation ( TNP) was upgraded to hold at TheStreet Ratings.

Union Pacific ( UNP) was upgraded at Goldman Sachs to buy from neutral. Valuation call, based on a $176 price target, Goldman said.

VMWare ( VMW) was upgraded at J.P. Morgan to overweight from neutral. $100 price target. Virtualization penetration of x86 compute capacity of only 34% suggests ample room to grow, J.P. Morgan said.

Verizon ( VZ) was upgraded at Deutsche Bank to buy. $56 price target. Company has strong growth momentum, Deutsche Bank said.

Werner ( WERN) was downgraded at Robert Baird to neutral from outperform. Core pricing growth is lagging expectations, Baird said.

Stock Comments / EPS Changes

Astoria Financial ( AF) numbers were increased at Jefferies. Estimates were increased slightly. Commerical real estate activity and balance sheet strength, Jefferies said. $14 price target and hold rating.

Align Technology earnings, price target were increased at Jefferies. Positive trends in revenue growth, margins and a lower tax rate, Jefferies said. $52 price target and hold rating.

Align estimates, price target were raised at Credit Suisse. Shares are now seen reaching $55. Estimates were also increased, given the company's new guidance, Credit Suisse said. Neutral rating.

Chipotle ( CMG) estimates, price target were raised at Jefferies. Shares reached $435, Jefferies noted. Increased traffic activity and an upcoming price should drive same store sales, Jefferies said. Esimates raised to 2014. Hold rating.

Danaher ( DHR) estimates, price target were boosted at Credit Suisse. Shares are now seen reaching $70. Estimates were also increased, as the company has significant operating leverage, Credit Suisse said. Neutral rating.

First Cash Financial Services ( FCFS) estimates, price target were lifted at Jefferies. Strong execution in a tough environment with tax benefits, Jefferies said. $58 price target and hold rating.

Google ( GOOG) estimates, price target were increased at BMO Capital. Estimates were raised through 2014. Company should continue to attract more advertising dollars, BMO Capital said. Outperform rating and new $1,100 price target.

Las Vegas Sands ( LVS) numbers were boosted at Credit Suisse. Shares are now seen reaching $80. Estimates were also increased, given higher growth in Macau, Credit Suisse said. Outperform rating.

Las Vegas Sands numbers were raised at J.P. Morgan. Shares are now seen reaching $80. Estimates were also increased on stronger-than-expected third-quarter results in Macau, J.P. Morgan said. Overweight rating.

M&T Bank ( MTB) numbers were lowered at Jefferies. Estimates were decreased. Higher expenses net interest margin compression, along with pending regulatory issues, Jefferies said. $113 price target and hold rating.

PrivateBancorp ( PVTB) numbers were upped at Credit Suisse. Estimates were boosted through 2015. Company is seeing higher growth across the board, Credit Suisse said. Neutral rating and new $28 price target.

PrivateBancorp numbers were raised at Jefferies. Forecasts were boosted across the board, Jefferies said. Favorable loan growth prospects supporting net interest income growth, Jefferies said. $26 price target and hold rating.

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