Among the premarket stories for Thursday, June 18, from AP Financial News:

NEW YORK (AP) ¿ Abercrombie & Fitch Co. could post better earnings in 2011, propelled by lean inventory, deals on rent, better merchandise and lower prices, an analyst said, upgrading the stock.

NEW YORK (AP) ¿ The9 Ltd. was downgraded Thursday by an Oppenheimer analyst, who predicted several quarters of operating losses after the company lost its license to operate "World of Warcraft," the popular online video game.

NEW YORK (AP) ¿ Market confusion over Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd.'s new City of Dreams casino in Macau provides a buying opportunity, a Deutsche Bank North American analyst said Thursday as she upgraded the company to "Buy" from "Hold."

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