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Ashford Hospitality Trust Inc. (NYSE: AHT) was downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS.

Children’s Place Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCE) was downgraded to Underperform from Buy with a $46.00 price objective (versus a $57.06 close) at Merrill Lynch. The firm sees comparable store sales headwinds limiting its margin turnaround.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (NYSE: DPS) was raised to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital Markets, and the firm raised its target price to $90 from $68 (versus an $89.88 close).

Endologix Inc. (NASDAQ: ELGX) was maintained as Outperform at Credit Suisse, but the firm cut its target price to $16 from $17 (versus a $13.73 close). The call is based on its acquisition of Trivascular and on earnings. BMO Capital Markets lowered its rating to Market Perform from Outperform and cut its target price to $12.00 from $16.00.

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JAKKS Pacific Inc. (NASDAQ: JAKK) was raised to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital Markets.

Kraton Performance Polymers Inc. (NYSE: KRA) was downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS) was initiated with a Buy rating at Gabelli.

La Quinta Holdings Inc. (NYSE: LQ) was started as Market Perform at Raymond James.

Pearson PLC (NYSE: PSO) was downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse

Performance Food Group Co. (NYSE: PFGC) was started as Outperform at Credit Suisse with a $26 price target (versus a $22.03 close). The firm called it industry-leading growth at discount valuations that will work higher.

UDR Inc. (NYSE: UDR) was raised to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse, and the price target was also raised to $38 from $36.50 (versus a $35.66 close).

Vanguard Natural Resources LLC (NYSE: VNR) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy with a $7.50 price target (versus an $8.20 close) at UBS.

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Dialog Semiconductor, which trades overseas, was maintained as Outperform with 50% implied upside at Credit Suisse after Monday’s guidance. This matters because this is one of the issues that hurt Apple so much on Monday, and while weak guidance puts Apple volumes into question, the firm feels guidance for the next quarter may have been conservative.

In case you missed Monday’s top analyst upgrades and downgrades, they included of AK Steel, Apple, CONSOL Energy, IAMGOLD, Juniper Networks, Tyson Foods and over a dozen more companies.

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