Top Pre-Market Stock Upgrades/Downgrades April 8, 2010

Here is a list of this morning’s top companies upgrades, downgrades, and initiations by brokerage firms.

Upgrades:

  • BMC Software (BMC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
  • Echo Global Logistics (ECHO) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Craig-Hallum
  • EOG Resources (EOG) upgraded to Perform from Underperform at BMO Capital Markets

Downgrades:

  • Compellent Technologies (CML) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Merriman
  • eBay (EBAY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Kaufman
  • EMC (EMC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord Adams
  • Emulex (ELX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord Adams
  • Family Dollar Stores (FDO) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
  • Forest Laboratories (FRX) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
  • KeyCorp (KEY) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Baird
  • Silicon Motion (SIMO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Lazard
  • QLogic (QLGC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord Adams

Coverage Initiated:

  • Baidu (BIDU) initiated with a Hold at Auriga; price target $640
  • Beacon Power (BCON) initiated with a Buy at Lazard
  • Halozyme Therapeutics (HALO) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair
  • Microsoft (MSFT) initiated with a Buy at Soleil; price target $34
  • Nuance Communications (NUAN) initiated with a Buy at Soleil; price target $21
  • Oracle (ORCL) initiated with a Buy at Janney Montgomery Scott; price target $32
  • Sina (SINA) initiated with a Buy at Auriga; price target $50
  • Sohu.com (SOHU) initiated with a Hold at Auriga; price target $55
  • Somaxon Pharmaceuticals (SOMX) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies; price target $13
  • Symantec (SYMC) initiated with a Buy at Soleil; price target $23

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