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Autodesk (ADSK / Nasdaq)
Credit Suisse First Boston
Although affected by the September 11th terrorist acts, the company still found a way to beat expectations by a penny. The new product upgrade cycle should be primed and ready by January of 2002. We reinstate our Buy rating with a $40 price target.

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Alaska Air Group (ALK / NYSE)
Goldman Sachs
Downgrade to Market Perform from Market Outperformer. Costs coming down slower than expected. Revised EPS 2001 to -$3.35 from -$2.75 and 2002 to -35c from 40c.

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Asyst Technologies (ASYT / Nasdaq)
Dain Rauscher
Initiating Coverage with Buy-Speculative, $17 Price Target.

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Aftermarket Technology (ATAC / Nasdaq)
Morgan Stanley Co.
Upgrading from Neutral to Outperform, with a $22 price target. The company is starting to turn its business around, which is not yet reflected in the share price.

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American Express Company (AXP / NYSE)
Warburg Dillon Read
Dwongrading from Buy to Hold, with a $38 price target. The risk/reward is no longer appealing, given deteriorating overall credit trends.

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AstraZeneca PLC (AZN / NYSE)
Sanford Bernstein
Upgrading to outperform from a market-perform rating primarily based upon our long-term bullish view of Crestor. Our 12-monthprice target on the stock is 39GBP/ $55ADR, while our year-end price target remains at 34GBP/ $49ADR.

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Best Buy Company (BBY / NYSE)
Bank of America Montgomery
Downgrading from Buy to Market Perform, based on valuation. We are also becoming more concerned about fourth quarter targets, given slower traffic at its Musicland division. We now expect the company to earn $2.70 in fiscal 2002.

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BellSouth Corporation (BLS / NYSE)
Robertson Stephens
Initiating coverage with market perform rating, target price $42. Expect increased competition over next few years. Market share loss expected to offset gains in other areas.

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Capital One Financial (COF / NYSE)
Warburg Dillon Read
Downgrading form Buy to Hold, based on valuation.

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Citigroup (C / NYSE)
Prudential Securities
Downgrading from Buy to Hold. The stock price (over $50) no longer provides a sufficient margin of safety for potential unforeseen risks, such as capital markets, Latin America, problem corporate loans, higher consumer loan losses, or slower revenue growth.

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Eastman Kodak Company (EK / NYSE)
Warburg Dillon Read
Upgrading from Hold to Buy, with a $34 price target. We believe the company's restructuring plans will save the 6.3% dividend.

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Emulex Corporation (EMLX / Nasdaq)
Merrill Lynch
Initiating coverage with a near-term Accumulate and long-term Buy rating. We believe the company is well-positioned for consisten growth in the FC-SAN data market.

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Fluor Corporation (New) (FLR / NYSE)
Merrill Lynch
Lowering our near-term rating from Accumulate to Neutral. The company's mid-teens multiple is historically rich, for a firm that has missed two quarterly estimates this year.

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ImClone Systems (IMCL / Nasdaq)
JP Morgan Chase & Co.
Upgrading from long term buy to Buy, Raising Price Target from $66 to $82 due to the high probability of success to upcoming milestones for Erbitux.

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Instinet Group (INET / Nasdaq)
Credit Suisse First Boston
Re-initiating coverage with a buy rating and price target of $13. This represents 35% potential share price appreciation for the leading ECN.

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Illinois Tool Works (ITW / NYSE)
Merrill Lynch
Downgrading from near-term Buy to Accumulate, based on valuation.

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Jacobs Engineering Group (JEC / NYSE)
Merrill Lynch
Downgrading to near-term Neutral and long-term Accumulate, based on valuation. The construction cycle appears to be peaking, and we believe industry multiples will compress from here.

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Jefferson-Pilot Corp. (JP / NYSE)
Lehman Bros
Initiating coverage with a Strong Buy rating and $55 price target. We believe the company can post consistent double-digit EPS improvement, through organic and accretive growth.

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King Pharmaceuticals (KG / NYSE)
Goldman Sachs
Upgrade from Market Outperform to Recommended List based on attractive valuation and strong fundamentals. Despite economic weakness King lowest risk in our group. #1 for upward earnings revisions for 2001 (20%) and 2002 (29%). Can continue earnings surprises driven by Altace and Levoxyl. Has over $800MM in cash for future acquisitions. Target remains $56.

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MBNA Corporation (KRB / NYSE)
Warburg Dillon Read
Downgrading from Buy to Hold.

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Newell Rubbermaid (NWL / NYSE)
Smith Barney Shearson
Initiating coverage with an Outperform rating and $31 target. turnaround story. High confidence in new CEO Joseph Galli (since Jan 01). Reacceleration of growth may be several quarters away.

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QLogic Corporation (QLGC / Nasdaq)
Merrill Lynch
Initiating coverage with a near-term Accumulate and long-term Buy rating.

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Qwest Communications Int. (Q / NYSE)
Robertson Stephens
Initiating coverage with Market Perform rating. Target $14. Relatively stable growth, but "classic Qwest" experiencing a massive decline in demand. Expect growth over peers over next 5 years. Higher risk near-term.

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SBC Communications (SBC / NYSE)
Robertson Stephens
Initiating coverage with Market Perform rating and $41 target.

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Charles Schwab Corp. (SCH / NYSE)
Smith Barney Shearson
Downgrade to Neutral from Outperform based upon valuation and price above target of $13. No acceleration in retail trading volume; continued deterioration in accounts/net flows. Cost-cutting initiatives, near-term stabilization of trading volume positives for 02.

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Solectron Corporation (SLR / NYSE)
Smith Barney Shearson
Downgrading from Buy to Outperform.

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Sierra Pacific Resources (SRP / NYSE)
Lehman Bros
Upgrading from Buy to Strong Buy, with an $18 price target.

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TRW (TRW / NYSE)
Prudential Securities
Downgrading from Buy to HOLD based on valuation. The stock has good long-term potential, we anticipate that it is now within 10% of its potential for the next 12-months. Adjusting price target up by 10% to $43 due to increased aggregate market value.

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VCP(VCP / NYSE)
Bear Stearns
Downgrading from Buy to Neutral due to its recent rally and the17% price gain since the beginning of the year (versus the local index's 36% drop). We maintain our price target of $18.2, implying a 11.7% upside from the current share price.

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Verizon Communications (VZ / NYSE)
Robertson Stephens
Initiating coverage with Market Perform rating and $54 target.

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Whole Foods Market (WFMI / Nasdaq)
Lehman Bros
Downgrading from Strong Buy to Buy, with a $46 price target, based on valuation.

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Alcoa (AA / NYSE)
Merrill Lynch
Cutting estimates because of lower aluminum prices. We now expect the company to earn $1.45 per share in 2002. Maintain Buy rating.

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Accenture (ACN / NYSE)
Warburg Dillon Read
Raising price target to $25 per share, following aour meeting with the CFO. Reiterate Buy rating.

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Adobe Systems (ADBE / Nasdaq)
Robertson Stephens
Lowering Q4 and 2002 to $1.16 and $1.03 from $1.22 and $1.28 respectively based upon economic environment. Products have not crossed from "nice to have" into a "must have". Lowering target to $36.

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Allegheny Technologies (ATI / NYSE)
Merrill Lynch
Slashing our 2002 estimate to $0.15 per share, because of the absence of capital gains from the company's pension plan. Maintain Buy rating.

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Alliant Techsystems (ATK / NYSE)
Lehman Bros
Raising estimates to reflect new acquisition, which will allow the company to grow its earnings at 15% annually. Reiterate Strong Buy rating and $105 price target.

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Allied Waste Industries (AW / NYSE)
Deutsche Banc Alex Brown
Lowering estimates to $0.55 per share in 2001 and $0.58 for next year, to reflect the company's higher interest expenses.

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Agilent Technologies (A / NYSE)
Credit Suisse First Boston
Fourth quarter earnings came in below our estimates, while revenues were higher than projected. Reducing our 2002 revenue and earnings estimates to $5.7B and $(0.84) per share.

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Agilent Technologies (A / NYSE)
Bear Stearns
Maintain Attractive with price target of $40 per share. Raising numbers from (1.00) up (.70). It is clear that the recovery will take longer given the amount of reconstructive work entailed. We think the slight positives coupled with the near term negatives justify our "Attractive" rating.

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Agilent Technologies (A / NYSE)
SG Cowen
Raising estimates to a loss of $0.80 per share this year and a gain of $1 for next year. Maintain Buy rating.

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Cendant Corporation (CD / NYSE)
Lehman Bros
Raising 2002 estimate to $1.20 per share, reflecting management's new guidance, and believe there is further upside possible. Reiterate Strong Buy rating and $30 price target.

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Cendant Corporation (CD / NYSE)
Robertson Stephens
Raising our 2001 and 2002 est. to $1.01 and $1.25 from $0.98 and $1.21. Price target raised to $31.25. CD raised its earnings outlook, Outlined expected Q4:01 one-time charge may be as high as $455 million ($0.43/share) to account for severance costs and asset writedowns. Maintaining our Strong Buy rating.

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Clorox Company (CLX / NYSE)
Prudential Securities
Meet with management yesterday, greater focus on the effort to return the company to sales and earnings growth consistency. While we are still concerned with the head wind that private label growth in the plastics categories generates, we clearly see that there is much within Clorox control to improve its cost and competitive position. Reit hold.

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Cisco Systems (CSCO / Nasdaq)
Dain Rauscher
Total router market revenues were up 6% sequentially. Juniper's market share decreased 3% to 32% while Cisco gained a solid five points to 65%. Sales of the OC-48 and OC-192 ports declined reflecting a slowdown in core spending. We believe a good portion of Cisco's market share gain came from selling routers to enterprise customers.

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ChevronTexaco(CVX / Nasdaq)
Warburg Dillon Read
Lowering estimates and price target to $80 per share. Maintain Hold rating.

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Dell Computer Corporation (DELL / Nasdaq)
Deutsche Banc Alex Brown
The company's October quarter was a penny better than expected, and management reiterated its guidance. Maintain Buy rating, although we'd be more aggressive if the stock fell below $25.

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Dell Computer Corporation (DELL / Nasdaq)
Bank of America Montgomery
The October quarter was solid, but we remain cautious about the valuation. Raising 2002 estimate to $0.65 per share, but maintain Market Perform rating.

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Dell Computer Corporation (DELL / Nasdaq)
SG Cowen
Raising EPS estimates to $0.64 this year and $0.65 for fiscal 2003. Maintain Buy rating.

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Engelhard Corporation (EC / NYSE)
Bank of America Montgomery
Raising our price target to $35 per share, following the company's upbeat investor meeting.

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Engelhard Corporation (EC / NYSE)
Warburg Dillon Read
Raising price target to $30 per share, after meeting with management. Maintain Hold rating.

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Gap (GPS / NYSE)
Credit Suisse First Boston
Third quarter loss was in-line with our estimate. Disappointing results attributed to negative 17% comps, and 830 bps decline in gross margin, and 80 bps increase in the SG&A.

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Gap (GPS / NYSE)
Dain Rauscher
GPS reported a Q3 operating loss of ($0.06). Near-term turnaround is not expected. Maintaining our Neutral rating.

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Gap (GPS / NYSE)
Morgan Stanley Co.
Lowering forward estimates, after poor October quarter results. We now expect the company to earn $0.30 per share in fiscal 2002 and $0.60 for next year. Maintain Neutral rating.

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Gillette Company (G / NYSE)
Sanford Bernstein
The combination of the Mach3 Turbo and continued growth from Venus should drive 8% growth in Gillette's U.S. razor/blade business in 2002, with particularly strong growth of refill blades. We expect Turbo's Europe launch will occur before the end of 2002.

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Household International (HI / NYSE)
Weisel Partners
Stock volatile after lawsuit disclosure; issue overblown in ourview; Reiterate Buy.

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Intuit (INTU / Nasdaq)
Warburg Dillon Read
Raising fiscal 2002 estimate to $1.02 per share, on management's higher guidance. Maintain Strong Buy rating.

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Intuit (INTU / Nasdaq)
JP Morgan Chase & Co.
Reiterate Buy, $59 Price Target after it reported strong Q1 of revenue/EPS $209m/($0.13) above our estimated $207m/($0.16). We recommend investors own ahead of expected Q2/Q3 catalysts - product release and potentially strong tax season.

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International Paper Co. (IP / NYSE)
Warburg Dillon Read
Raising price target to $43 per share, as management is prudently improving the balance sheet.

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Nordstrom (JWN / NYSE)
Bank of America Montgomery
The company beat reduced third quarter estimates, and raised its guidance for the holiday season. We now expect the company to earn $0.82 per share in 2001 and $0.93 for next year. Maintain Market Performer rating.

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Nordstrom (JWN / NYSE)
Goldman Sachs
Raising Q4 EPS to $0.30 from $0.15 to reflect management's renewed EPS guidance of $0.27-$0.31, which brings our F01 and F02 EPS estimates to $0.85 and $1.00 from $0.67 and $0.85. 3Q EPS of 8c beat our 5c est. Reiterate Market Perform.

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Kulicke and Soffa Inds. (KLIC / Nasdaq)
Lehman Bros
The September quarter fell short of expectations, but we are certain this was the bottom. Maintain Market Perform rating.

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Kulicke and Soffa Inds. (KLIC / Nasdaq)
Morgan Stanley Co.
Raising estimates, as we believe the company is entering the early stages of a cyclical recovery. We now expect the company to earn $0.40 per share in fiscal 2003.

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MBNA Corporation (KRB / NYSE)
Weisel Partners
Better than expected Oct credit quality performance; Positivedevelopment for Dec Q earnings quality; Reiterate Attractive

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MBNA Corporation (KRB / NYSE)
JP Morgan Chase & Co.
Met with COO yesterday. Management confident in ability to continue track record of consistent earnings growth. Credit quality remains steady but continued layoffs are a risk.We continue to believe KRB is one of most attractive consistent growth vehicles

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Kohl's Corporation (KSS / NYSE)
Bank of America Montgomery
The company beat third quarter estimates by a penny, and we're raising fourth quarter expectations to $0.62 per share. Reiterate Buy rating and $55 price target.

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Kohl's Corporation (KSS / NYSE)
Goldman Sachs
Conservativly raising 2001 and 2002 estimates by $0.03 and $0.05 respectively, to $1.38 and $1.65. 3Q EPS 1c above est. 20% upside potential.

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Kohl's Corporation (KSS / NYSE)
Robertson Stephens
GOIN' UP! Raising estimates, 2001 to $1.39 down from $1.40 and 2002 to $1.71 up from $1.73. Target raised to $84. Reiterate Strong Buy.

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Kohl's Corporation (KSS / NYSE)
Warburg Dillon Read
Raising EPS estimates to $1.41 in 2001 and $1.67 for next year. Reiterate Buy rating.

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Lehman Brothers Holdings (LEH / NYSE)
Merrill Lynch
The company will likely miss the consensus estimate for the current quarter, because of having to relocate its core headquarters after 9/11.

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Mercury Computer Systems (MRCY / Nasdaq)
Prudential Securities
Analyst meeting takeaways, additional color and clarity on major segments but stock fairly valued, maintain hold and $42 price target.

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Medicis Pharmaceutical (MRX / NYSE)
Deutsche Banc Alex Brown
Raising our 2002 estimate to $1.94 per share, to reflect the early closing of an acquisition. Maintain Buy rating.

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Nationwide Fncl. Svcs. (NFS / NYSE)
Bear Stearns
hosted a series of meetings with Richard Karas, President of NFS. October sales appeared strong, and November sales results may be even better. We continue to like NFS based on valuation, believing the stock is worth $47-$48 per share, reit buy.

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Oracle Corporation (ORCL / Nasdaq)
Weisel Partners
We remain cautious on rev growth in difficult selling environment; Maintain Market Perform

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Professional Detailing (PDII / Nasdaq)
Morgan Stanley Co.
Cutting estimates and price target to $28 per share. Maintain Outperform rating.

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Pfizer (PFE / NYSE)
JP Morgan Chase & Co.
Reiterate Buy/Top pick. $51 Price Target. See revenue growth 13-14% through '04, greater than industry. 01E-03E EPS growth (29%/23%/17%) should be best in industry, yet stock at only 13% premium to group on '02E numbers. See upside from pipeline.

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PeopleSoft Incorporated (PSFT / Nasdaq)
Dain Rauscher
We believe PeopleSoft will likely exercise its right to re-acquire Momentum sometime in the near-term, but would not expect this transaction to have a material financial impact on PeopleSoft's financial results. Reiterate Buy-Aggressive and price target of $40.

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Starbucks Corporation (SBUX / Nasdaq)
Deutsche Banc Alex Brown
We are confused by management's guidance for next year, and we're trimming our EPS estimate to $0.52. Maintain Buy rating.

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Starbucks Corporation (SBUX / Nasdaq)
Lehman Bros
As we expected, the company reduced its 2002 EPS growth expectation to 20%. Maintain Buy rating.

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Starbucks Corporation (SBUX / Nasdaq)
Bear Stearns
reported Q4 and fiscal 2001 EPS in line with guidance and consensus, but lowered revenue and earnings expectations for 2002, and lowered revenue growth expectations for 2003 - 2005. Reit neutral.

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Starbucks Corporation (SBUX / Nasdaq)
Smith Barney Shearson
After close Thursday annouced anticipated 14c 4Q results. Lowering 2002 EPS from 55c to 53c based upon reduced rev. growth expectations. Reiterate Neutral.

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Starbucks Corporation (SBUX / Nasdaq)
Weisel Partners
Lowering 2002 estimate to $0.53 per share. Maintain Market Perform rating.

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Schering-Plough Corp. (SGP / NYSE)
Morgan Stanley Co.
Cutting 2002 estimate to $1.82 per share, reflecting limited visibility. Maintain Strong Buy rating.

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Tyco Int'l. (NEW) (TYC / NYSE)
Smith Barney Shearson
Raising FY02 to $3.70 from $3.55 and initiating FY03 at $4.35. Target up to $75 from $65 based on upbeat anaylst meeting and Continued 20% EPS growth accompanied by strong cash flow and upward drift in ROIC.

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Tyco Int'l. (NEW) (TYC / NYSE)
Lehman Bros
Reiterate Strong Buy rating and $100 price target, following the company's optimistic analyst meeting.

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Yahoo! (YHOO / Nasdaq)
Bear Stearns
Analyst day was upbeat and future looking as the company concentrated on articulating its long term strategy to monetize its leading platform through advertising and premium services. Reiterate Buy Rating and $30 price target.

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Yahoo! (YHOO / Nasdaq)
Weisel Partners
Believe YHOO represents one of best ad recovery plays; Energizedmanagement team; Reiterate Buy & $20 target

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Smith Barney Shearson (Electronics Manufacturing)
Maintaining Buy ratings on CLS, FLEX, JBL and PLXS have efficient asset mgrs, who have held up best in the downturn and whose earnings and ROIC should recover soonest in new business cycle. Lowering ratings, on SLR (Buy to Outperform) and BHE (Buy to Outperform). Lowering rating, estimates and price target on APW (Buy to Neutral).

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Credit Suisse First Boston (Gaming)
Gaming stocks have remained about flat, on average, trailing a 5% gain in the S&P 500, since the September 11 terrorist attacks. We have observed a distinct difference between the strengths showing by locals-oriented gaming company stocks and the under-perfomance of Nevada-based resort operator shares. PPE is our favorite gaming stock disignation.

Merrill Lynch (Metals & Mining)
Lowering estimates for most of the companies in our universe, because of the continued deflation being experienced in aluminum, copper and nickel prices.

Warburg Dillon Read (Integrated Oil)
Lowering our 2002 price forecast on crude oil to $19.50 per barrel. Also cutting estimates and price targets for the stocks in our universe. Our favorite names are RD, COC, and OXY.

Bank of America Montgomery (Oil Services)
Reiterating our bullish stance on this group. Our model shows the the stocks are at or near their cyclical bottom, and the sector should outperform over the next two years.

Deutsche Banc Alex Brown (Integrated Oil)
We are now suggesting that investors have an underweight position in the major oils. We've downgraded all stocks except XOM and P, which remains our only Buy-rated firm.

Merrill Lynch (Brokerages)
We believe the industry is a mixed bag right now. Equity trading is strong, but we do not expect many positive EPS surprises this quarter. GS and MWD are our top picks, while we believe Lehman's physical business disruption after 9/11 will affect results.

Credit Suisse First Boston (Oil & Gas)
With OPEC enetering a skirmish over production cuts, significant impacts for the short term may arise. Forecast for natural gas in 2002 remains $3 per mcf. We feel that in light of this year's difficult environment it is a great chance to buy into weakness.

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Oscillator: 4.8

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8:30 a.m. Consumer Price Index -0.2%; less food and energy 0.1%

9:15 a.m. Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization Rate; industrial production -0.9% and capacity utilization 74.8%

10:00 a.m. Consumer Sentiment

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