Top Pre-Market Upgrades/Downgrades (PCLN, SHPGY, BRK.A, NANO, FLEX, CPN)

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


  • Cepheid (CPHD) upgraded to Sector Perform at RBC Capital Markets
  • Onyx Pharmaceuticals (ONXX) upgraded to Outperform at BMO Capital Markets; price target $32
  • (PCLN) upgraded to Buy at Caris
  • Shire Plc. (SHPGY) upgraded to Buy at Lazard


  • Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) downgraded to Sell at Stifel Nicolaus
  • Nanometrics (NANO) downgraded to Perform at Oppenheimer
  • Textron (TXT ) removed from Conviction Buy list at Goldman Sachs
  • Skilled Healthcare (SKH) downgraded to Hold at Jefferies

Coverage Initiated:

  • Aixtron (AIXG), Cree (CREE), Veeco Instruments (VECO) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee
  • Flextronics International (FLEX), Jabil Circuit (JBL) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan
  • Calpine (CPN) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank; price target $16
  • VIVUS (VVUS) initiated with an Outperform at Wedbush

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