November 19, 2012 at 10:12 AM EST
Equity Brief: Ratings Changes for November 19th: IPCM, LH, LPNT, LRN, MAR, MCO, MO, MRO, ONB

A number of stocks were upgraded and downgraded by equities research analysts today, as reported by Analyst Ratings Network (http://bit.ly/equitybriefdaily) and Equity Brief:

WallachBeth initiated coverage on shares of IPC The Hospitalist (NASDAQ: IPCM). They issued a buy rating on the stock and set a $42.00 price target.

Goldman Sachs downgraded shares of Laboratory Corp. of America (NYSE: LH) from a neutral rating to a sell rating. Their analysts now have a $83.00 price target on the stock.

Imperial Capital lowered its price target on shares of Lifepoint Hospitals (NASDAQ: LPNT) from $53.00 to $43.00. They have an outperform rating on the stock.

Wells Fargo & Co. downgraded shares of K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN) from an outperform rating to a market perform rating.

Jefferies Group initiated coverage on shares of Marriott (NYSE: MAR). They issued a hold rating on the stock. They wrote, "Marriott`s domestic prowess is attractive, as is its asset-light model. We forecast recurring double-digit earnings growth, despite limited exposure to faster-growing Emerging Markets. However, we think Marriott is fairly valued for what is a more defensive, US-centric operator. Hence, we initiate with a Hold recommendation."

Benchmark Co. raised its price target on shares of Moodys Corporation (MCO) from $51.00 to $52.00. They have a buy rating on the stock.

UBS AG upgraded shares of Altria Group (MO) from a neutral rating to a buy rating. UBS AG now has a $36.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $35.00.

Howard Weil upgraded shares of Marathon Oil Co. (MRO) from an outperform rating to a focus stock rating. Howard Weil now has a $39.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $34.00. They also added the stock to their focus list. They also added the stock to their focus list.

Raymond James upgraded shares of Old National Bancorp (ONB) from an outperform rating to a strong-buy rating. Raymond James now has a $14.00 price target on the stock.

Drexel Hamilton upgraded shares of Oshkosh Truck (OSK) to a hold rating.

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