Analyst Upgrades & Downgrades for Thursday July 27, 2006

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The following analyst upgrades/downgrades have been reported as of 9 AM

Upgrades:

Company/ From/ Jul 26
Ticker Brokerage To Close
(NASDAQ:AKAM) Akamai Technologies Inc. Neutral $30.00
Prudential Overweight
(AKAM) Akamai Technologies Inc. Neutral $30.00
Merriman Curhan Ford Buy
(AKAM) Akamai Technologies Inc. Market Perform $30.00
Piper Jaffray Outperform
(ASVI) A.S.V. Inc. Hold $17.39
Matrix Research Buy
(NASDAQ:ATML) Atmel Corp. Strong Sell $4.32
Matrix Research Sell
(BLS) BellSouth Corp. Neutral $38.42
HSBC Securities Overweight
(BOBJ) Business Objects SA Neutral $20.82
Credit Suisse Outperform
(BOBJ) Business Objects SA Buy $20.82
First Albany Strong Buy
(NYSE:CHE) Chemed Corp. Hold $33.92
Deutsche Securities Buy
(NYSE:CHK) Chesapeake Energy Corp. Neutral $31.16
JP Morgan Overweight
(NASDAQ:GSIC) GSI Commerce Inc. Equal-weight $12.90
Morgan Stanley Overweight
(GSIC) GSI Commerce Inc. Peer Perform $12.90
Bear Stearns Outperform
(HAN) Hanson plc Hold $59.95
Citigroup Buy
(NASDAQ:HLIT) Harmonic Inc. Neutral $4.25
Merriman Curhan Ford Buy
(NASDAQ:HOTT) Hot Topic Inc. Hold $13.75
BB&T Capital Mkts Buy
(KVA) KV Pharmaceutical Co. Hold $18.36
Deutsche Securities Buy
(NYSE:LUV) Southwest Airlines Co. Hold $17.85
Matrix Research Buy
(NASDAQ:MCRL) Micrel Inc. Sell $8.78
Deutsche Securities Hold
(NVTL) Novatel Wireless Inc. Neutral $11.96
Merriman Curhan Ford Buy
(NXG) Northgate Minerals Corp. Neutral $3.67
UBS Buy
(PLMD) PolyMedica Corp. Neutral $38.15
Oppenheimer Buy
(NYSE:RJF) Raymond James Financial Inc. Underperform $27.22
Keefe Bruyette Mkt Perform
(NYSE:ROK) Rockwell Automation Inc. Mkt Perform $60.50
Friedman Billings Outperform
(NASDAQ:SYMC) Symantec Corp. Hold $15.80
Soleil Buy
(NYSE:T) AT&T Inc. Neutral $29.50
HSBC Securities Overweight
(NYSE:TIN) Temple-Inland Inc. Hold $41.82
Citigroup Buy
(NYSE:WAB) Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corp. Buy $25.26
Matrix Research Strong Buy
(NASDAQ:ZRAN) Zoran Corp. Strong Sell $14.77
Matrix Research Sell
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Downgrades:

Company/ From/ Jul 26
Ticker Brokerage To Close
(NYSE:AEA) Advance America, Cash Advance Centers Inc. Buy $17.90
Jefferies & Co Hold
(AEA) Advance America, Cash Advance Centers Inc. Mkt Outperform $17.90
JMP Securities Mkt Perform
(NYSE:AET) Aetna Inc. Outperform $39.96
Bear Stearns Peer Perform
(NYSE:ANF) Abercrombie & Fitch Co. Outperform $52.18
Wachovia Mkt Perform
(ASPM) Aspect Medical Systems, Inc. Mkt Outperform $15.02
Rodman & Renshaw Mkt Perform
(BDK) Black & Decker Corp. Overweight $71.15
JP Morgan Neutral
(NYSE:DOX) Amdocs Ltd. Buy $37.75
ICAP Neutral
(NASDAQ:EMCI) EMC Insurance Group Inc. Mkt Perform $30.70
Keefe Bruyette Underperform
(NYSE:FDX) FedEx Corporation Outperform $106.66
Bear Stearns Peer Perform
(LSS) Lone Star Technologies Inc. Outperform $47.04
Bear Stearns Peer Perform
(LSS) Lone Star Technologies Inc. Buy $47.04
Jefferies & Co Hold
(MDG) Meridian Gold Inc. Sector Outperform $27.68
CIBC Wrld Mkts Sector Perform
(NASDAQ:MMSI) Merit Medical Systems Inc. Sector Outperform $13.82
CIBC Wrld Mkts Sector Perform
(NTBK) NetBank Inc. Outperform $5.69
Keefe Bruyette Mkt Perform
(NASDAQ:NXST) Nexstar Broadcasting Group Inc. Outperform $4.40
Bear Stearns Underperform
(NASDAQ:QUIK) QuickLogic Corp. Buy $4.04
Jefferies & Co Hold
(SCRX) Sciele Pharma Inc. Buy $21.54
Deutsche Securities Hold
(NASDAQ:STFC) State Auto Financial Corp. Buy $32.16
Stifel Nicolaus Hold
(NYSE:UGI) UGI Corp. Buy $25.64
Janney Mntgmy Scott Neutral
(XTO) XTO Energy Inc. Overweight $46.11
JP Morgan Neutral
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Coverage Inititated:

Company/ Jul 26
Ticker Brokerage Rating Close
(NASDAQ:CA) CA, Inc. Sector Perform $20.34
RBC Capital Mkts
(NYSE:DIS) Walt Disney Co. Overweight $29.34
JP Morgan
(NYSE:EOG) EOG Resources, Inc. Underweight $71.83
JP Morgan
(KOSP) KOS Pharmaceuticals Inc. Overweight $40.35
Prudential
(NYSE:KWK) Quicksilver Resources Inc. Neutral $34.39
JP Morgan
(LTD) Limited Brands Inc. Outperform $24.67
Wachovia
(NASDAQ:PGNX) Progenics Pharmaceuticals Inc. Sector Perform $21.89
RBC Capital Mkts
(NASDAQ:REGN) Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. Outperform $12.66
RBC Capital Mkts
(TWB) Tween Brands, Inc. Outperform $35.36
Wachovia
(NYSE:WSM) Williams-Sonoma Inc. Sector Perform $32.24
RBC Capital Mkts
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Data: Briefing.com, CapitalIQ