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Equity Briefing: Upgrades and Downgrades for July 25th: AAN, AGNC, AVP, CTRP, DEO, EMN, FINL, GNTX, HTS, IRBT

Thu, 07/26/2012 - 7:13am
The Associated Press

A number of stocks were upgraded and downgraded by equities research analysts today, as reported by Analyst Ratings Network (http://bit.ly/arndailyr) and Equity Briefing:

Hilliard Lyons  downgraded shares of Aaron's Inc. (NYSE: AAN) from a long rating to a term buy rating.

B. Riley  downgraded shares of American Capital Agency Corp. (NASDAQ: AGNC) from a buy rating to a neutral rating.

Wells Fargo & Co.  initiated coverage on shares of Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE: AVP). They issued a market perform rating on the stock.

Morgan Stanley  downgraded shares of Ctrip.com International, Ltd. (NASDAQ: CTRP) from an overweight rating to an equalweight rating.

Zacks  reiterated its neutral rating on shares of Diageo PLC (NYSE: DEO). They have a $108.00 price target on the stock.

Lazard Capital  initiated coverage on shares of Eastman Chemical Co (NYSE: EMN). They issued a buy rating on the stock.

Canaccord Genuity  reiterated its buy rating on shares of Finish Line (NASDAQ: FINL).

Wellington Shields  downgraded shares of Gentex Co. (NASDAQ: GNTX) from a gradually accumulate rating to a hold rating.

Wells Fargo & Co.  downgraded shares of Hatteras Financial Corp. (NYSE: HTS) from an outperform rating to a market perform rating.

CRT Capital  upgraded shares of IRobot (NASDAQ: IRBT) from a sell rating to a fair value rating. CRT Capital now has a $22.00 price target on the stock.

Credit Suisse  cut their EPS estimates on shares of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE: ITW). They now have a $57.00 price target on the stock.

Cantor Fitzgerald  downgraded shares of Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MSPD) from a buy rating to a hold rating. Their analysts now have a $3.00 price target on the stock, down previously from $9.00.

UBS AG  reiterated its buy rating on shares of Polycom (NASDAQ: PLCM).

Wunderlich  lowered its price target on shares of Radware Ltd. (NASDAQ: RDWR) from $42.00 to $38.00. They have an outperform rating on the stock.

BMO Capital Markets  upgraded shares of Regeneron Pharms (NASDAQ: REGN) from a market perform rating to an outperform rating.

Griffin Securities  lowered its price target on shares of RadioShack (NYSE: RSH) from $8.00 to $4.00. They have a hold rating on the stock.

JPMorgan Chase  raised its price target on shares of Riverbed Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: RVBD) from $16.50 to $18.00. They have a neutral rating on the stock.

Needham & Company  reiterated its hold rating on shares of Supertex, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUPX).

RBC Capital  upgraded shares of Symantec (NASDAQ: SYMC) from a sector perform rating to an outperform rating.

MKM Partners  upgraded shares of Symantec (NASDAQ: SYMC) from a neutral rating to a buy rating. MKM Partners now has a $20.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $17.00.

Stephens  downgraded shares of USG Co. (NYSE: USG) from an overweight rating to an equal weight rating.

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