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Stocks to Watch: Merck, Weyerhaeuser and More ...

Six in 60
Six in 60

Stocks climbed Monday, boosted by a flurry of M&A deals and as price of metals rose on bets of a stronger economy.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up almost 80 points, led by

AmEx , Bank of America and General Electric . Stocks extended gains Friday to end the week on a high note, posting the best week in two month.

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

United Technologies Corp.

The aerospace company was upgraded to buy from hold at Argus Research with the price target at $96. The firm cited restructuring and higher volumes as the reasons for the upgrade.

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Merck & Co., Inc.
The global health care company was downgraded to neutral from outperform at Cowen and Company.

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St. Jude Medical Inc.
The medical equipment manufacturer was upgraded to buy from hold at Deutsche Bank. The firm also increased the price target to $52 from $45.

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Weyerhaeuser Company
The forest products company was downgraded to underperform from market perform at RBC Capital on valuation with the price target at $18.

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General Electric
The diversified technology, media and financial services company was up more than 2 percent Monday, almost at $21 a share. So far this year, GE shares were up almost 15 percent.

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Sanderson Farms, Inc.
The poultry processing company was downgraded to underweight from neutral at JP Morgan. The firm believed the company is likely to report disappointing earnings in the near-term.

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