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Equity Briefing: Upgrades and Downgrades for July 23rd: AAPL, CKSW, DWA, GEN, HES, HSNI, JCI, JCP, LIFE, LINTA

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

Sterne Agee  reiterated its buy rating on shares of Apple, Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL). They have a $780.00 price target on the stock.

Maxim Group  upgraded shares of ClickSoftware Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CKSW) from a hold rating to a buy rating. Maxim Group now has a $8.50 price target on the stock, up previously from $8.00.

Janney Montgomery Scott  reiterated its sell rating on shares of DreamWorks Animation (NYSE: DWA).

UBS AG  upgraded shares of RRI Energy, Inc. (NYSE: GEN) from a neutral rating to a buy rating.

Barclays Capital  upgraded shares of RRI Energy, Inc. (NYSE: GEN) from an equalweight rating to an overweight rating.

Standpoint Research  initiated coverage on shares of Hess Corp (NYSE: HES). They issued a buy rating on the stock and set a $60.00 price target.

Wells Fargo & Co.  initiated coverage on shares of HSN, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSNI). They issued a positive rating on the stock.

Morgan Stanley  cut their EPS estimates on shares of Johnson Controls, Inc. (NYSE: JCI). They now have an overweight rating and a $38.00 price target on the stock. They previously had issued a $42.00 price target.

Oppenheimer  initiated coverage on shares of J.C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP). They issued an outperform rating on the stock.

Citigroup  lowered its price target on shares of Life Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: LIFE) to $55.00.

Wells Fargo & Co.  initiated coverage on shares of Liberty Media Corp (NASDAQ: LINTA). They issued a market perform rating on the stock.

Zacks  reiterated its neutral rating on shares of L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL). They have a $76.00 price target on the stock.

Bank of America  reiterated its buy rating on shares of NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NRG).

Canaccord Genuity  downgraded shares of Nexen Inc. (NYSE: NXY) from a buy rating to a sell rating.

Macquarie  downgraded shares of Nexen Inc. (NYSE: NXY) from an outperform rating to a neutral rating.

Maxim Group  raised its price target on shares of Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ONXX) from $75.00 to $92.00. They have a buy rating on the stock.

Zacks  reiterated its neutral rating on shares of Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU). They have a $49.00 price target on the stock.

UBS AG  reiterated its buy rating on shares of Silicon Laboratories (NASDAQ: SLAB).

UBS AG  reiterated its buy rating on shares of Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB).

Brean Murray  initiated coverage on shares of Unit Co. (NYSE: UNT). They issued a buy rating on the stock.

Janney Montgomery Scott  reiterated its neutral rating on shares of Viacom, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB).

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Source: Thomson Reuters ONE (July 24, 2012 - 10:06 AM EDT)

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