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Equity Briefing: Upgrades and Downgrades for August 21st: AAPL, AMAT, ARR, AWH, AXP, BCR, BIG, CF, CHD, CIT

Wed, 08/22/2012 - 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:

UBS AG  reiterated its buy rating on shares of Apple, Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL).

Zacks  reiterated its neutral rating on shares of Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT). They have a $13.00 price target on the stock. To view Zacks' full report, visit http://bit.ly/zacksreport.

Compass Point  reiterated its neutral rating on shares of Armour Residential (NYSE: ARR).

Barclays Capital  reiterated its underweight rating on shares of Allied World Assurance Co Holdings, AG. (NYSE: AWH).

Zacks  reiterated its neutral rating on shares of American Express (NYSE: AXP). They have a $60.00 price target on the stock.

Zacks  reiterated its neutral rating on shares of C.R. Bard, Inc. (NYSE: BCR). They have a $103.00 price target on the stock.

MKM Partners  reiterated its neutral rating on shares of Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE: BIG).

Stifel Nicolaus  initiated coverage on shares of CF Industries Holdings Inc (NYSE: CF). They issued a hold rating on the stock. They noted that the move was a valuation call.

UBS AG  reiterated its neutral rating on shares of Church & Dwight Co Inc (NYSE: CHD).

Barclays Capital  reiterated its equal weight rating on shares of CIT Group Inc. (NYSE: CIT).

Craig Hallum  initiated coverage on shares of Town Sports International Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLUB). They issued a buy rating on the stock.

Brean Murray  reiterated its buy rating on shares of DSW Inc. (NYSE: DSW).

Wells Fargo & Co.  reiterated its outperform rating on shares of EV Energy (NASDAQ: EVEP).

Standpoint Research  downgraded shares of The Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) from a hold rating to a sell rating.

Zacks  reiterated its neutral rating on shares of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS). They have a $40.00 price target on the stock.

UBS AG  reiterated its buy rating on shares of H&E Equipment Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: HEES).

Scotia Capital  downgraded shares of Harry Winston Diamond (NYSE: HWD) from an outperform rating to a sector perform rating.

Zacks  upgraded shares of Magellan Midstream (NYSE: MMP) from a neutral rating to an outperform rating. Zacks now has a $99.00 price target on the stock.

Stifel Nicolaus  initiated coverage on shares of The Mosaic Company (NYSE: MOS). They issued a buy rating on the stock and set a $73.00 price target.

Zacks  reiterated its neutral rating on shares of Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ: MSFT). They have a $32.00 price target on the stock.

Goldman Sachs  reiterated its buy rating on shares of Pioneer Energy Services Corp (NYSE: PES).

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