GlaxoSmithKline is downgraded to 'underperform,' while AstraZeneca is upgraded to 'neutral.'
General Motors is upgraded to 'buy,' and Alcoa is downgraded to 'hold .'
Sprint is upgraded to 'buy,' and Celgene is downgraded to 'neutral.'
Goldman upgrades Northrop Grumman to 'neutral' and downgrades General Dynamics to 'sell.'
First Solar is downgraded to 'neutral,' and Trina Solar is upgraded to 'buy.'
Johnson Controls is upgraded to 'buy,' and Janney Capital is initiating apparel companies.
All of these companies have boosted their payouts for 25 consecutive years.
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