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Analyst Actions: Xilinx, Alcoa, Circuit City, Luminent

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After warning about its future forecasts last night, analysts have in turn dropped forecasts on chipmaker

Xilinx

(XLNX) - Get Xilinx, Inc. Report

. Fiscal 2000 earnings per share estimates were cut to $1.22 from $1.26 at

W.R. Hambrecht

, which also dropped its 2001estimates to $1.58 from $1.62.

Prudential Securities

also cut its estimates, trimming its 2001 forecast to $1.25 from $1.30, and its 2002 estimate to $1.71 from $1.83.

Upgrades

Covenant Transport

(CVTI) - Get Covenant Transportation Group Inc. Report

: UP to strong buy from buy at

Credit Suisse First Boston

.

J.D. Edwards

(JDEC)

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: UP at CSFB, 2001 EPS to 45 cents from 25 cents.

Kinder Morgan

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: UP at Prudential, 2001 EPS to $1.75 from $1.60.

Downgrades

Albertson's

(ABS)

: DOWN to hold from accumulate at Prudential, 2001 EPS to $1.98 from $2.25.

Alcan

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: DOWN at

Merrill Lynch

, 2000 EPS to $2.75 from $2.85.

Alcoa

(AA) - Get Alcoa Corporation Report

: DOWN at Merrill, 2001 EPS to $2.60 from $3.25.

Certicom

(CERT)

: DOWN at CSFB, price target to $35 from $50.

Circuit City

(CC) - Get Chemours Co. Report

: DOWN at

Lehman Brothers

, 2000 EPS to $1.20 from $1.23, 2001 EPS to $1.40 from $1.60.

Outback Steakhouse

(OSI)

: DOWN to hold from buy at CSFB.

Phelps Dodge

(PD) - Get PagerDuty, Inc. Report

: DOWN to neutral from buy at Lehman. DOWN at Merrill, 2000 EPS to 95 cents from $1.10, 2001 EPS to $2.40 from $3.00.

United Therapeutics

(UTHR) - Get United Therapeutics Corporation Report

: DOWN at Prudential, 2001 losses of $1.75 a share from a 31-cent profit.

Initiations

Asia Global Crossing

(AGCX)

: NEW strong buy at Lehman; price target: $19.

Heidrick & Struggles

(HSII) - Get Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. Report

: NEW accumulate at Merrill.

Korn/Ferry International

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: NEW accumulate at Merrill.

Luminent

(LMNE)

: NEW buy at CSFB; price target: $14.

Group Moves

Lehman Brothers sharply increased its forecast for the rallying natural gas industry, upping earnings forecasts across the board. Lehman analysts

Thomas Driscoll

and Jeffrey Robinson upped earnings estimates and price targets on the following companies: