Notable Analyst Rating Changes 12/19: (TLM) (URI) (BMC) Upgraded; (GGP) (LPX) (RIMM) Downgraded

December 19, 2011 11:25 AM EST
UPGRADES
TD Newcrest upgrades Talisman Energy (NYSE: TLM) from Buy to Action List Buy, its price target lowered from $22 to $21. Click Here for more color.

RBC Capital lifts United Rentals (NYSE: URI) from Outperform to Top Pick, its price target raised from $34 to $42.

JPMorgan raises BMC Software (Nasdaq: BMC) from Underweight to Neutral, price target maintained at $34.

Barclays boosts Patterson-UTI Energy (Nasdaq: PTEN) from Equalweight to Overweight, its price target raised from $30 to $35.

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DOWNGRADES
Credit Suisse cuts General Growth Properties (NYSE: GGP) from Outperform to Neutral.

TD Newcrest downgrades Louisiana-Pacific Corp (NYSE: LPX) to Reduce with a price target of $6.50. Click Here for more color.

Macquarie lowers Research In Motion Ltd. (Nasdaq: RIMM) from Outperform to Neutral, lowering its price target from $31 to $22.

Barclays downgrades Diamond Offshore (NYSE: DO) from Equalweight to Underweight.

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NEW COVERAGE
BofA/Merrill Lynch reinstates Dollar General (NYSE: DG) at Buy, with a $46 price target.

Groupon, Inc. (Nasdaq: GRPN) initiated by two today:
  • Barrington Researchwith an Outperform, and $30 price target. Click Here for more color.; and

  • Stifel Nicolaus with a Hold.
Imperva (NYSE: IMPV) started by several firms Monday:
  • JPMorgan at Overweight, with a $31 price target;

  • Deutsche Bank with a Buy and $31 price target. Click Here for more color;

  • Pacific Crest at Outperform, and $35 price target;

  • Lazard Capital with a Buy, and price target of $32; and

  • RBC Capital with an Outperform, and $35 target.
Goldman Sachs begins ViroPharma (Nasdaq: VPHM) with a Neutral rating and $26 price target. Click Here for more color.

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