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

Jon C. Ogg

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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