Starwood Hotels initiated with an 'outperform,' and BB&T upgraded to 'buy.'
Staples is upgraded to 'neutral,' and Baidu is downgraded to 'underperform.'
InterMune is upgraded to 'buy,' and Mead Johnson is downgraded to 'neutral.'
American Eagle is downgraded to 'hold,' and Urban Outfitters is upgraded to 'hold.'
Halliburton is upgraded to 'outperform,' and Diamond Foods is downgraded to 'underperform.'
Mondelez is downgraded to 'hold,' and Citigroup is upgraded to 'outperform.'
SanDisk is upgraded to 'above average,' and AMD is downgraded to 'hold.'
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