PaineWebber

upgraded

Dell

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to buy from attractive and set a 12-month price target on the stock of 78 a share.

Credit Suisse First Boston

upgraded

Argosy Gaming

(AGY)

to strong buy from buy.

Lehman Brothers

raised its rating on

Becton Dickinson

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to buy from neutral.

Merrill Lynch

cut its intermediate-term rating on

Cable Design Technologies

(CDT)

to neutral from accumulate.

SG Cowen

started coverage of

Exodus

(EXDS)

with a buy rating.

Credit Suisse First Boston

rolled out coverage of

Lante

(LNTE)

with a buy rating and a price target of 90.

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Credit Suisse initiated coverage of

Lightspan

(LSPN)

with a strong buy and set a price target of 28.

Warburg Dillon Read upped its price target on

National Sermiconductor

(NSM)

to 100 from 68.

Morgan Stanley Dean Witter

raised its fiscal 2000 earnings estimates on

Royal Dutch

(RD)

$3.00 a share from $2.95 and its fiscal 2001 estimates to $3.10 a share from $3.05.

Warburg Dillon Read initiated coverage of

Time Warner

(TWX)

and

Disney

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with buy ratings.

Warburg Dillon Read

rolled out coverage of

Viacom

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with a strong buy rating and a price target of 75.

Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette

started coverage of

VIA NET.Works

(VNWI)

with a buy rating.