Analyst Actions: Merrill Upgrades DuPont and CSFB Launches Coverage on Four ISPs

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Merrill Lynch upgraded semiconductor company Altera (ALTR) - Get Report to long-term buy from accumulate and set a 12- to 18-month price target on the stock of 110.

Credit Suisse First Boston

analyst Tim Newington launched coverage of Internet service providers

Digex

(DIGX)

,

Earthlink

(ELNK)

and

Verio

(VRIO)

with buy ratings and

Exodus Communications

(EXDS)

with a strong buy.

Exodus also announced a 2-for-1 stock split this morning.

Merrill raised its near-term rating on

DuPont

(DD) - Get Report

to accumulate from neutral and reiterated its long-term buy rating on the stock.

Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown

initiated coverage of management consulting firm

eLoyalty

(ELOY)

with a buy rating and a 50 price target.

Warburg Dillon Read

upgraded

Intuit

(INTU) - Get Report

to strong buy from buy.

Warburg also initiated coverage of forestry and wood company

Louisiana-Pacific

(LPX) - Get Report

as a hold.

ABN Amro

analyst Daniel Ford upgraded

NiSource

(NI) - Get Report

, an energy/utility-based holding company, to buy from hold and set a 12-month price target of 19 on the shares.

CSFB upped

Teradyne's

(TER) - Get Report

price target to 120 from 95.

CSFB raised

Texas Instruments'

(TXN) - Get Report

price target to 200.