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Equity Briefing: Upgrades and Downgrades for July 27th: INFA, IP, KMB, LINE, LNCE, LQDT, MBLX, MED, MERU, NEE

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 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:

Mizuho  upgraded shares of Informatica Co. (NASDAQ: INFA) from a neutral rating to a buy rating.

CLSA  upgraded shares of International Paper Company (NYSE: IP) from an outperform rating to a buy rating.

Credit Agricole  upgraded shares of Kimberly Clark Corp (NYSE: KMB) from an underperform rating to an outperform rating.

Credit Suisse  downgraded shares of Linn Energy, LLC (NASDAQ: LINE) from an outperform rating to a neutral rating.

Deutsche Bank  initiated coverage on shares of Lance, Inc. (NASDAQ: LNCE). They issued a hold rating on the stock.

Bank of America  initiated coverage on shares of Liquidity Services (NASDAQ: LQDT). They issued a buy rating on the stock.

Ardour Capital  upgraded shares of Metabolix Inc (NASDAQ: MBLX) from a hold rating to an accumulate rating. Ardour Capital now has a $2.50 price target on the stock.

Northland Securities  upgraded shares of Medifast, Inc. (NYSE: MED) from a market perform rating to an outperform rating. Northland Securities now has a $29.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $16.00.

ThinkEquity  upgraded shares of Meru Networks  Inc (NASDAQ: MERU) from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Jefferies Group  reiterated its hold rating on shares of NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE).

Capstone  downgraded shares of NetGear Inc (NASDAQ: NTGR) from a buy rating to a hold rating. Their analysts now have a $37.00 price target on the stock, down previously from $45.00.

Keefe, Bruyette & Woods  downgraded shares of NetSpend (NASDAQ: NTSP) from an outperform rating to a market perform rating.

SunTrust  downgraded shares of Higher One Holdings, Inc (NYSE: ONE) from a buy rating to a neutral rating.

RBC Capital  initiated coverage on shares of Pan American Silver Corp (NASDAQ: PAAS). They issued a sector perform rating on the stock.

Piper Jaffray  downgraded shares of Pacific Biosciences of California (NASDAQ: PACB) from a neutral rating to an underweight rating.

FBN Securities  initiated coverage on shares of Palo Alto Networks Inc (NASDAQ: PANW). They issued an outperform rating on the stock.

Deutsche Bank  upgraded shares of MetroPCS (NYSE: PCS) from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Argus  downgraded shares of Polycom (NASDAQ: PLCM) from a buy rating to a hold rating.

Caris & Co.  downgraded shares of QLogic Co. (NASDAQ: QLGC) from an above average rating to an average rating.

Pacific Crest  downgraded shares of QLogic Co. (NASDAQ: QLGC) from a sector perform rating to an underperform rating.

Stifel Nicolaus  downgraded shares of QLogic Co. (NASDAQ: QLGC) from a buy rating to a hold rating.

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