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Stocks to Watch: Airgas, Medtronic and More ...

Six in 60
Six in 60

Stocks clawed higher Thursday after a report showed jobless claims fell last week.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up more than 20 points but struggled to hold on to its gains. This came after the blue-chip index eked out a gain in the previous session, snapping a four-session losing streak.

So which individual stocks are worth watching today? Here are six that are on the move:

Airgas
The gas distributor was hitting a new 52-week high this morning and trading at all-time high levels since its IPO in 1986.

-----------Medtronic
The medical technology company was downgraded to neutral from buy at UBS. the firm also cut the price target to $33 from $53.

-----------Cree
The semiconductor materials manufacturer was initiated overweight at Morgan Stanley with a $75 price target.

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Charles Schwab
The investment services firm hit a new 52-week low, trading at levels not seen since March, 2009.

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CME Group
The investment services firm was upgraded to outperform from underperform at CLSA.

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Perry Ellis
The apparel company was downgraded to neutral from buy at Ladenburg Thalmann.

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