Analysts' Actions: AEO HOV SD TGT X

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- CHANGE IN RATINGS:

Aegion AEGN was upgraded to Buy at TheStreet Ratings.

American Eagle Outfitters AEO was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies with a $22 price target. Valuation is fair.

Ascena Retail Group ASNA was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup with a $20 price target. Long-term value, but near-term comp headwinds.

CR Bard BCR was upgraded at JP Morgan to Overweight from Neutral. Anticipate favorable resolution of Gore patent litigation.

Cryolife CRY was downgraded to Hold at TheStreet Ratings.

Brown-Forman BFB was downgraded at Morgan Stanley to Underweight. Organic sales growth is slowing. $61 price target.

Emergent BioSolutions EBS was upgraded to Buy at TheStreet Ratings.

Flir Systems FLIR was upgraded at Needham from Hold to Buy. Valuation call, based on a $27 price target.

Starwood HOT was downgraded from Buy to Neutral at Suntrust Robinson Humphrey. Valuation call, based on a $65 price target.

Hovnanian HOV was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS with a $7.50 price target. Recent rally leaves shares fully valued.

Idacorp IDA was downgraded from Outperform to Market Perform at Wells Fargo said. Valuation call.

Alliant Energy LNT was downgraded from Outperform to Market Perform at Wells Fargo said. Valuation call.

Lam Research LRCX was initiated with a Buy rating at DA Davidson with a $56 price target. Company can gain market share and generate solid earnings growth in the coming years.

Marriott MAR was upgraded from Neutral to Buy at Suntrust Robinson Humphrey. Valuation call, based on a $45 price target.

Pepco POM was upgraded from Market Perform to Outperform at Wells Fargo. Company should see a better regulatory environment.

Parexel PRXL was upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup with a $36 price target. Improving core operational metrics.

Remy International REMY was initiated with a Sell at TheStreet Ratings.

Ross Stores ROST was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup with a $60 price target. Stellar company, but fair valuation.

Sandridge SD was downgraded from Buy to Hold at Wunderlich with a $7 price target. Expect lower near-term earnings, following the Permian sale.

Target TGT numbers lowered at Jefferies. Shares of TGT were downgraded to Hold from Buy with a $59 price target. Tough holiday season.

Valspar VAL was upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc with a $75 price target. Coating profits with more growth likely in 2013.

Werner WERN was upgraded from Neutral to Outperform, Robert Baird said. Domestic truckload pricing growth appears to be at an inflection point.

Wellpoint WLP was downgraded from Outperform to Neutral at Credit Suisse with a $65 price target. New analyst believes the company may face increased competition into 2014.

US Steel X was upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse with a $30 price target. Company has multiple potential, near-term catalysts.

Stock Comments / EPS Changes

eBay EBAY estimates and target were boosted at Canaccord Genuity. Shares of EBAY now seen reaching $56. Estimates also upped, given higher expected GMV growth. Hold rating.

Entergy ETR numbers were cut at UBS. Shares of ETR are now seen reaching $66, UBS said. Estimates also lowered to reflect lower nuclear outlook. Neutral rating.

Facebook FB target was raised at JP Morgan. Shares of FB now seen reaching $35, according to JP Morgan. Mobile advertising should continue to drive growth. Overweight rating.

Google GOOG numbers were lowered at Oppenheimer. Shares of GOOG now seen reaching $715, Oppenheimer said. Estimates also lowered on margin pressure. Perform rating.

Monsanto MON numbers were raised at Jefferies. Shares of MON now seen reaching $99, Jefferies said. Estimates also raised on Brazil tailwinds. Hold rating.

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