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S&P Capital IQ on April 26 upgraded its investment optionon DTE Energy Co. to "hold"from "sell" and increased the 12-month target price to $84 from $81, basedon its positive view of the company shares.

"We believe DTE's capitalspending program will boost future EPS and see the shares as fairlyvalued," S&P Capital analyst Christopher Muir said in a note to investors.The analyst raised the price target due to higher peer valuations.

Muir reduced his 2016 EPS estimate by 3 cents to $4.93, and the2017 EPS estimate was lowered by 2 cents to $5.26.

DTE Energy postedlower utility earnings for the first quarter of 2016 driven by warmer weather, andits EPS of $1.52 for the most recent quarter beat the S&P Capital IQ normalizedEPS consensus estimate of $1.49.

The company said it plans to spend at least $6.5 billion overthe next decade to replace aging electric infrastructure, while in the gas segment,DTE is planning to spend $600 million over the next five years, and it has cut inhalf the time that it expects to need to replace 4,000 miles of cast iron and unprotectedmain steel.

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