Top 10 Pre-Market Analyst Calls (ADS, COF, CTL, CSCO, CYMI, F, GM, BEN, GPS, GOOG, MKSI, TXT)

April 18, 2008 by Douglas A. McIntyre

These are not all of the analyst calls affecting shares, but these are the initial calls we are focusing on early this Friday morning:

  • Alliance Data Systems (NYSE: ADS) Raised to Buy From Neutral at Piper Jaffray.
  • Capital One (NYSE: COF) Cut to Neutral from Buy at Piper Jaffray; Cut to Underperform from Market Perform at KBW.
  • CenturyTel (NYSE: CTL) Raised to Overweight at Morgan Stanley.
  • Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO) Started as Buy at Lazard.
  • Cymer (NASDAQ: CYMI) Cut to Neutral at JPMorgan.
  • Ford (NYSE: F) and GM (NYSE: GM) losses widened out at JPMorgan.
  • Franklin Resources (NYSE: BEN) cut to Underweight at JPMorgan.
  • Gap Inc (NYSE: GPS) Cut To Equalweight From Overweight at Lehman Brothers.
  • Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) raised to Buy at Jefferies; Merrill Lynch raised price target to $600.
  • MKS Instruments (NASDAQ: MKSI) raised to Overweight at JPMorgan.
  • Textron (NYSE: TXT) Cut to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse.

Jon C. Ogg
April 18, 2008

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