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What: Shares of Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL) have popped today by as much as 15% following an analyst upgrade.

So what: Piper Jaffray analyst Gus Richard boosted his rating on Freescale from "neutral" to "overweight," while similarly hiking his price target from $15 to $18. The analyst is increasing sales estimates for this year and next year.

Now what: Richard believes that Freescale has some gross margin upside ahead of it that will correspond with higher factory utilization and an improving product mix toward high-margin products. The company should also lower its interest expense as Freescale is in the process of restructuring its debt at lower rates.

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