Analysts' Actions: EWBC MKL ROST ANN

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- CHANGE IN RATINGS

East West Bancorp EWBC was downgraded at DA Davidson from Buy to Neutral. $24 price target. Company is seeing slower loan growth and yield compression, DA Davidson said.

Markel MKL was upgraded to Market Perform at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. $475 price target. Company's loss reserves are improving, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods said.

Ross Stores ROST was upgraded from Neutral to Buy at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. $68 price target. Company can continue to gain market share, BofA/Merrill said.

STOCK COMMENTS / EPS CHANGES

Ann ANN estimates, price target were raised at UBS. Shares are now seen reaching $40. Estimates were also increased, as higher sales are driving margin expansion, UBS said. Buy rating.

HollyFrontier HFC numbers raised at Oppenheimer. Shares are now seen reaching $46. Estimates were also raised on mid-con crude advantage, Oppenheimer said. Outperform rating.

Highwoods Properties HIW price target was lowered at Jefferies to $36. Trends somewhat mixed, Jefferies said. Hold rating.

Innophos IPHS estimates, price target reduced at Keybanc. IPHS estimates were cut through 2013. Company has a lower outlook for GTSP, Keybanc said. Buy rating and new $63 price target.

Mindray Medical MR numbers were raised at Oppenheimer. Shares are now seen reaching $39. Estimates also raised on conservative guidance setting stage for more beats, Oppenheimer said. Outperform rating.

Williams Sonoma WSM numbers were increased at UBS. WSM estimates were raised through 2014. Company should see higher sales growth and better operating leverage, UBS said. Neutral rating and new $39 price target.

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