Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette cut its oilfield services group to market perform from outperform. The company slashed the rating of Cooper Cameron (CAM) , Halliburton (HAL) - Get Report, Santa Fe International (SDC) - Get Report and Transocean (RIG) - Get Report.

J.P. Morgan

launched coverage of

Ariba

(ARBA)

with a buy rating.

DLJ upgraded

Avery Dennison

(AVY) - Get Report

to buy from market perform.

Jefferies

downgraded

Comverse

(CMVT)

to accumulate from buy.

Lehman Brothers

, though, upped the stock's price target to 280 from 240.

Credit Suisse First Boston

raised

Igate Capital's

(IGTE)

12-month target price to 75.

J.P. Morgan launched coverage of

Internet Capital Group

(ICGE)

with a buy.

Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown

launched coverage of

Lante

(LNTE)

as a buy with a 90 price target.

Warburg Dillon Read initiated coverage of

Medtronic

(MDT) - Get Report

as a buy.

Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown launched coverage on

Microsoft

(MSFT) - Get Report

as a buy with a 118 price target.

DLJ upgraded

Quaker Oats

(OAT)

to buy from market perform.

J.P. Morgan reinitiated coverage of

Safeguard Scientifics

(SFE) - Get Report

as a buy with a 378 price target.

CSFB initiated coverage of

Skillsoft

(SKIL)

with a strong buy and a 12-month price target of 34.

Warburg Dillon Read upgraded

UPS

(UPS) - Get Report

to strong buy from buy.

Goldman Sachs

upgraded the stock to market outperform from market perform.

SG Cowen upgraded

VeriSign

(VRSN) - Get Report

to strong buy from buy.

CSFB reinstated coverage of

Whittman-Hart

(WHIT)

as a strong buy with a 12-month price target of 100.