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Equity Briefing: Stock Analysts' Upgrades for July 13th: DHI, HOT, KBH, KMP, MRK, WLL

A number of stocks were upgraded by equities research analysts today, as reported by Analyst Ratings Network:

CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS) was upgraded by analysts at Wells Fargo & Co. from a "market perform" rating to an "outperform" rating. They noted that the move was a valuation call.

Cabot Oil & Gas (NYSE: COG) was upgraded by analysts at Robert W. Baird from a "neutral" rating to an "outperform" rating.

CARREFOUR SA UNSP/ADR (NASDAQ: CRERY) was upgraded by analysts at Citigroup from a "sell" rating to a "neutral" rating.

D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE: DHI) was upgraded by analysts at MKM Partners from a "neutral" rating to a "buy" rating.

Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: DLR) was upgraded by analysts at Jefferies Group from a "hold" rating to a "buy" rating.

France Telecom SA (NYSE: FTE) was upgraded by analysts at Deutsche Bank from a "sell" rating to a "hold" rating.

Starwood Hotels (NYSE: HOT) was upgraded by analysts at MKM Partners from a "neutral" rating to a "buy" rating.

KB Home (NYSE: KBH) was upgraded by analysts at MKM Partners from a "neutral" rating to a "buy" rating.

Kinder Morgan (NYSE: KMI) was upgraded by analysts at Citigroup from a "neutral" rating to a "buy" rating. They now have a $39.00 price target on the stock.

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP (NYSE: KMP) was upgraded by analysts at Citigroup from a "sell" rating to a "neutral" rating.

Lennar Co. (NYSE: LEN) was upgraded by analysts at MKM Partners from a "neutral" rating to a "buy" rating.

Merck & Co Inc (NYSE: MRK) was upgraded by analysts at MP Advisors from a "market perform" rating to an "outperform" rating. They now have a $45.00 price target on the stock.

Noble Energy (NYSE: NBL) was upgraded by analysts at Capital One from a "neutral" rating to an "add" rating.

Bank of the Ozarks (NASDAQ: OZRK) was upgraded by analysts at Wunderlich from a "hold" rating to a "buy" rating. They now have a $37.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $32.00.

Range Resources (NYSE: RRC) was upgraded by analysts at Robert W. Baird from a "neutral" rating to an "outperform" rating. They now have a $72.00 price target on the stock.

VIVENDI ORD (NASDAQ: VIVEF) was upgraded by analysts at BNP Paribas from an "underperform" rating to a "neutral" rating.

Vivendi-ADR (NASDAQ: VIVHY) was upgraded by analysts at BNP Paribas from an "underperform" rating to a "neutral" rating.

Whiting Petroleum Co. (NYSE: WLL) was upgraded by analysts at Macquarie from a "neutral" rating to an "outperform" rating.

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Source: Thomson Reuters ONE (July 13, 2012 - 11:56 AM EDT)

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