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Analysts' Rating and Target Changes: DLTR, LNKD, OSK, STX, WDC, WMT

 October 12, 2012 01:12 PM

(By Balachander) A number of stocks were upgraded, downgraded and price targets changed by equities research analysts on Friday.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT):Jefferies raised its rating to "buy" from "hold" and increased price target (PT) to $88 from $74. Shares added 1.08 percent to trade at $75.82.

Dollar Tree Inc. (NASDAQ:DLTR): Jefferies downgraded the stock to "hold" from "buy". Piper Jaffray downgraded the rating to "neutral" from "overweight". Buckingham downgraded the stock to "neutral" from "buy". Johnson Rice downgraded the rating to "equal weight" from "overweight". Shares tumbled 4.02 percent to trade at $41.54.

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Oshkosh Corp. (NYSE:OSK): Drexel Hamilton downgraded its rating to "sell" from "hold". The stock traded at $29.59, 1.04 percent lower.

Seagate Technology Plc (NASDAQ:STX): Citigroup downgraded the stock to "sell" from "buy". Shares off 0.91 percent at $28.00.

Linkedin Corp. (NYSE:LNKD): Evercore Partners upgraded the stock to "overweight" from "equal weight" and raised PT to $140 from $115. The stock retreated 1.64 percent to trade at $111.90.

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Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ:WDC): Citigroup downgraded its rating to "sell" from "buy". The stock declined 2.57 percent to trade at $36.63.

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