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Thursday's Analysts' Upgrades and Downgrades

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CHANGE IN RATINGS

Biogen Idec

(BIIB) - Get Report

upgraded at Credit Suisse to Neutral from Underperform. Cites stock is trading below its target price of $60 after receiving no bids for a takeout. Believes risk/reward would become more attractive if shares trade in the low 50's/high 40's.

BMC Software

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(BMC)

upgraded at Credit Suisse to Outperform from Hold based on improving mainframe software pricing environment and the possibility of expanding operating margins. Raised target price to $41 from $34.

Capital One

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downgraded at Jefferies to Hold rating from Buy. Price target slashed to $50 from $80 and FY 2008 EPS estimates cut to $7.10 from $7.95.

Plantronics

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downgraded at JP Morgan from Neutral to Underweight. Estimates also trimmed, as channel checks suggest that the company's BT headsets are being squeezed out by MOT and NOK.

Qualcomm

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downgraded at Merrill to Neutral. Unfavorable ALJ judgment in the NOK case is a major negative. Stock lacks other near-term catalysts.

Sallie Mae

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upgraded to Outperform at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. $37 price target. Sell-off appears overdone, following the breakup of the acquisition.

STOCK COMMENTS / EPS CHANGES

Bank of America

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2007 estimates cut at Goldman to $3.42 from $4.16 due to higher loan loss provisions, higher CDO writedowns, and weak banking/trading contributions. Management stated need to bolster reserves. Price target lowered to $54 from $57 and maintained Buy rating.

First Solar

(FSLR) - Get Report

initiated at UBS with Buy rating. Price target starts at $350 with FY 2008 EPS estimates at $2.15.

LCA-Vision

(LCAV)

initiated at Jefferies with Hold rating. Price target starts at $20 with FY 2008 EPS estimates at $1.50.

Sallie Mae

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price target slashed at Goldman to $31 from $46 after management announced lower forward expectations and the end of J.C. Flowers as a potential source of funds for ailing company. Maintained Neutral rating.

SunPower

(SPWR) - Get Report

initiated at UBS with Buy rating. Price target starts at $144 with FY 2008 EPS estimates at $1.70.