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Stocks to Watch: Humana, Ventas and More ...

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Monday, 28 Feb 2011 | 11:00 AM ET
Six in 60
Six in 60

Stocks continued to trade higher after a spate of mixed economic news, including a bigger-than-expected drop in pending home sales and a stronger-than-expected gain in Mid-West business activity.

The major indices already gained as oil prices eased in the wake of reassurances about supply from Saudi Arabia, and as St. Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullardtold CNBC there's no chance the Fed will end it's program of stimulating the economy.

TheDow Jones Industrial Averagegained more than 85 points afterstocks snapped a three-week winning streak last week, bouncing back from a three-day sell-off.

Among Dow components, Hewlett-Packard and Pfizer rose, while Intel fell.

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

Humana
The health care and benefits provider was upgraded to buy from hold at Jefferies, with the firm raising the price target to $74 from $65.

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Procter & Gamble
The consumer products manufacturer was downgraded to market perform from outperform at BMO Capital. The firm also cut P&G's price target to $70 from $74.

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Ventas
The real estate investment trust agreed to acquire Nationwide Health Properties in a $7.4 billion stock-for-stock deal, but shares were down more than 4 percent.

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Moody's
The ratings agency was up more than 2 percent in early trading Monday, hitting levels not seen since October, 2008..

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Constellation Brands
The vintner and distiller was removed from the short-term buy list at Deutsche Bank.

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Nucor
The steelmaker was initiated buy at Argus Research with a $57 price target.

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