Veritas

(VTS)

was upgraded by one analyst this morning, and had its estimates raised by another, after the company reported fiscal fourth quarter earnings of 15 cents per share yesterday.

Merrill Lynch

upgraded the company to a buy from accumulate, and

Jefferies

raised price target to $35 from $30. The 14-broker

First Call/Thomson Financial

consensus was for earnings of 12 cents per share.

Upgrades

Ebenx

(EBNX)

:

W. R. Hambrecht

raised 2000 estimates to a loss of 28 cents a share from a loss of 32 cents a share, and for 2001, to a 4 cent loss from a 15-cent loss per share.

Chase Manhattan

(CMB)

: UP to hold from sell at

Credit Suisse First Boston

.

Oracle

(ORCL) - Get Report

:

Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette

raised its 2001 earnings estimate to $1.02 a share from 98 cents per share, and 2002 estimate to $1.17 a share from $1.13 a share.

Nike

(NKE) - Get Report

: Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette raised its 2001 earnings estimate to $2.40 a share from $2.37 a share.

Globecomm Systems

(GCOM)

: UP to strong buy from buy at

ING Barings

.

Archer Daniels Midland

(ADM) - Get Report

: UP to buy from hold at Credit Suisse First Boston.

Downgrades

Black & Decker

: DOWN to market perform from strong buy at

Legg Mason

.

Initiations

America Online Latin America

TST Recommends

(AOLA)

: NEW buy at Credit Suisse First Boston; price target: $17.

Autonomy

(AUTN)

: NEW buy at Credit Suisse First Boston; price target: $67.

Washington Mutual

(WM) - Get Report

: NEW buy at Credit Suisse First Boston.

Aviron

(AVIR)

: NEW buy at

Chase Hambrecht & Quist

.

AmBev

(ABV)

: NEW buy at Merrill Lynch.

3M

(MMM) - Get Report

: NEW buy at

UBS Warburg

; price target: $120.

Group Moves

Credit Suisse First Boston initiated coverage on several bank holding and financial companies:

Sovereign Bancorp

(SVRN)

, buy;

Banknorth Group

(BKNG) - Get Report

, buy;

Greenpoint Financial

(GPT)

, hold;

Golden West Financial

(GDW)

, hold;

Golden State Bancorp

(GSB) - Get Report

, hold;

Charter One Financial

(CF) - Get Report

, hold,

Astoria Financial

(ASFC)

, hold.