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Equity Briefing: Upgrades and Downgrades for July 23rd: ACFN, ACOM, ACOR, AEC, AKRX, AKS, APRI, ARO, ATMI, BII

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

Barrington Research initiated coverage on shares of Acorn Energy Inc (NASDAQ: ACFN). They issued an outperform rating on the stock and set a $11.30 price target.

Imperial Capital lowered its price target on shares of Ancestry.com Inc (NASDAQ: ACOM) from $35.00 to $33.00. They have an outperform rating on the stock.

Leerink Swann initiated coverage on shares of Acorda Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: ACOR). They issued an outperform rating on the stock.

Jefferies Group downgraded shares of Associated Estates (NYSE: AEC) from a buy rating to a hold rating.

Deutsche Bank downgraded shares of Akorn, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKRX) from a buy rating to a hold rating.

UBS AG downgraded shares of AK Steel Holding Co. (NYSE: AKS) from a buy rating to a neutral rating.

Ascendiant Capital Markets initiated coverage on shares of Apricus Biosciences (NASDAQ: APRI). They issued a strong-buy rating on the stock and set a $6.00 price target.

Piper Jaffray upgraded shares of Aeropostale, Inc. (NYSE: ARO) from a neutral rating to an overweight rating.

UBS AG downgraded shares of ATMI, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATMI) from a neutral rating to a sell rating.

Leerink Swann initiated coverage on shares of Biogen Idec Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB). They issued an outperform rating on the stock.

Tudor Pickering downgraded shares of Berry Petroleum Comp (NYSE: BRY) from an accumulate rating to a hold rating.

Sterne Agee upgraded shares of Boyd Gaming (NYSE: BYD) from an underperform rating to a neutral rating.

Jefferies Group reiterated its buy rating on shares of Cardtronics (NASDAQ: CATM).

Barclays Capital upgraded shares of CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. (NYSE: CBL) from an equalweight rating to an overweight rating.

Wells Fargo & Co. downgraded shares of Comstock Resources (NASDAQ: CMRE) from an outperform rating to a market perform rating.

JPMorgan Chase raised its price target on shares of Centene Co. (NYSE: CNC) to $44.00.

Goldman Sachs initiated coverage on shares of Cinemark Holdings Inc (NYSE: CNK). They issued a neutral rating on the stock.

Needham & Company lowered its price target on shares of Cree, Inc. (NASDAQ: CREE) from $35.00 to $28.00. They have a buy rating on the stock.

Tudor Pickering downgraded shares of Carrizo Oil & Gas (NASDAQ: CRZO) from a buy rating to an accumulate rating.

Jefferies Group downgraded shares of CSR PLC (NASDAQ: CSRE) from a buy rating to a hold rating.

Bank of America upgraded shares of Cablevision (NYSE: CVC) from a neutral rating to a buy rating.

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Source: Thomson Reuters ONE (July 23, 2012 - 10:56 AM EDT)

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