Top Pre-Market Stock Upgrades/Downgrades May 18, 2010

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


  • AFLAC (AFL) upgraded to Overweight at JP Morgan
  • Beazer Homes (BZH) upgraded to Buy at Citigroup
  • Hansen Natural (HANS) upgraded to Buy at Goldman
  • LDK Solar (LDK) upgraded to Buy at BofA/Merrill
  • RightNow Technologies (RNOW) upgraded to Outperform at FBR Capital; price target $19
  • Spreadtrum Communications (SPRD) upgraded to Hold at Needham
  • Valspar (VAL) upgraded to Overweight at JP Morgan; price target $37


  • Assurant (AIZ) downgraded to Neutral at JPMorgan
  • BB&T (BBT) downgraded to Hold at Deutsche Bank

Coverage Initiated:

  • Apple (AAPL) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee; price target $300
  • Impax Laboratories (IPXL) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies; price target $24
  • Netflix (NFLX) initiated with an Outperform at Morgan Keegan
  • QUALCOMM (QCOM) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee

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