Top 10 Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades (AFL, AKS, ARMH, BIDU, ABX, PLCE, FSLR, HL, PALM, PGI)

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These are ten of the top analyst calls seen so far this Thursday morning from the upgrades, downgrades, and initiations from Wall Street firms:

AFLAC Inc. (NYSE: AFL) Raised to Strong Buy at Raymond James.
AK Steel Holding Corp. (NYSE: AKS) Cut to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan.
ARM Holdings plc (NASDAQ: ARMH) Cut to Underperform at Jefferies.
Baidu, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIDU) target raised to $1,000 at Susquehanna.
Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE: ABX) Raised to Buy at Jefferies; targets raised at CIBC and TD.
The Children’s Place Retail Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCE) Cut to Hold at Stifel Nicolaus.
First Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: FSLR) has been upgraded s far at Baird, Soleil, Deutsche Bank, and Bank of America/Merrill Lynch.
Hecla Mining Co. (NYSE: HL) Cut to Neutral from Buy at UBS.
Palm Inc. (NASDAQ: PALM) Raised to Hold from Sell at Morgan Joseph; Raised to Hold from Sell at Kaufman Bros.; Cut to Neutral from Buy at MKM Partners.
Premiere Global Services, Inc. (NYSE: PGI) Raised to Outperform at Oppenheimer.

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