Change in Ratings

Astoria Financial (AF) was downgraded from Overweight to Neutral at Piper Jaffray. Valuation call, based on a $17 price target. 

Applied Materials (AMAT - Get Report) was upgraded from Neutral to Buy at Nomura. Valuation call, based on a $22 price target. 

AthenaHealth (ATHN) was downgraded from Buy to Hold at Topeka Capital. Valuation call, based on a $164 price target. 

AthenaHealth  was downgraded to Market Perform at Leerink Partners. Valuation call, based on a $165 price target. 

Beacon Roofing (BECN - Get Report) was upgraded from Neutral to Overweight at JP Morgan. New analyst has a $41 price target. Company can grow faster than the industry in the next few years. 

Citigroup (C - Get Report) rating was cut from Overweight to Equal-weight at Morgan Stanley. Company lacks near-term catalysts. 

DSW (DSW) was downgraded from Buy to Hold at Canaccord Genuity. $24 price target. Weak traffic trends are persisting. 

EQT (EQT - Get Report) was upgraded to Overweight at Morgan Stanley. $93 price target. Company deserves a premium valuation.

First Niagara (FNFG) was downgraded to Market Perform at Wells Fargo. Estimates also cut, given the company's new guidance. 

Goldman Sachs (GS - Get Report) was upgraded from Equal-weight to Overweight at Morgan Stanley. Estimates also increased, as the company can generate more consistent net interest income.  

HanesBrands (HBI - Get Report) was downgraded from Buy to Neutral at DA Davidson. $30 price target. Company is leveraged to a softer retail environment. 

Hologic (HOLX - Get Report) was upgraded to Buy at BTIG. $43 price target. Stock has pulled back and the company can exceed consensus estimates. 

Lear  (LEA - Get Report) was downgraded from Buy to Hold at Deutsche Bank. Valuation call, based on a $127 price target. 

Murphy USA (MUSA - Get Report) was upgraded from Market Perform to Outperform at Wells Fargo. Company has strong earnings potential and is attractively valued. 

Parker Hannifin ( PH - Get Report) was downgraded from Buy to Neutral at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. $108 price target. Estimates also cut, given the company's new guidance. 

Tyson Foods (TSN - Get Report) was downgraded from Overweight to Neutral at JP Morgan. Valuation call, based on a $47 price target. Company also cut from the Analyst Focus list.

Stock Comments / EPS Changes

Applied Materials (AMAT - Get Report) was removed from the Conviction Buy list at Goldman Sachs. Company is leveraged to lower industry capital spending. $22 price target. 

Endo (ENDP - Get Report) was removed from the Conviction Buy list at Goldman Sachs. $84 price target. Company is leveraged to sector headwinds. 

Paypal (PYPL - Get Report) was placed on the Conviction Buy list at Goldman Sachs. $45 price target. Company has strong growth potential and is attractively valued. 

Xilinx (XLNX - Get Report) was placed on the Conviction Buy list at Goldman Sachs. $53 price target. Company boosted guidance and appears to be taking market share. 

Zeltiq (ZLTQ) was placed on the Conviction Buy list at Goldman Sachs. $43 price target. Company can expand its addressable market and profitability should hit an inflection point in 2016. 

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