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Author: alcear Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 36686  
Subject: update Date: 12/14/2005 9:58 AM
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Upgrades/Downgrades

Updated: 14-Dec-05 09:53 ET

Upgrades Sort Alphabetically | Sort by Broker

Company Ticker Brokerage Firm Ratings Change Price Target
Select Comfort SCSS Adams Harkness Mkt Perform » Buy

Sybron Dental SYD CL King Accumulate » Strong Buy $53 » $52
Image Entertainment DISK Sanders Morris Harris Sell » Hold

Plains All Amer PAA RBC Capital Mkts Sector Perform » Outperform

Qiagen QGEN Goldman Sachs Underperform » In-Line

Spectrum Brands SPC Bear Stearns Peer Perform » Outperform

Philadel Consol PHLY Piper Jaffray Market Perform » Outperform $84 » $110
Vertex Pharm VRTX Goldman Sachs Underperform » In-Line

Crane CR Bear Stearns Peer Perform » Outperform $42
Teekay LNG Partners TGP JP Morgan Neutral » Overweight $37
Red Hat RHAT FTN Midwest Neutral » Buy $37
Vulcan Materials VMC JP Morgan Neutral » Overweight $74 » $82
NY Comm Bancrp NYB Citigroup Sell » Buy




Downgrades Sort Alphabetically | Sort by Broker

Company Ticker Brokerage Firm Ratings Change Price Target
Burlington Res BR KeyBanc Capital Mkts / McDonald Buy » Hold

Havas HAVS Bear Stearns Peer Perform » Underperform

Orbotech ORBK Maxim Group Buy » Hold

Burlington Res BR CIBC Wrld Mkts Sector Perform » Sector Underperform $88
Harmonic HLIT Needham & Co Buy » Hold

Apple Computer AAPL Banc of America Sec Buy » Neutral $52 » $76
First Bancorp FBP Sandler O'Neill Hold » Sell

Maxygen MAXY Goldman Sachs In-Line » Underperform

Best Buy BBY Goldman Sachs Outperform » In-Line

State Street STT UBS Buy » Neutral $67
Cytokinetics CYTK Goldman Sachs In-Line » Underperform

Burlington Res BR AG Edwards Buy » Hold

Electronic Arts ERTS Citigroup Buy » Hold

Symbion SMBI Ryan, Beck & Co Outperform » Mkt Perform

Triad Hospitals TRI Ryan, Beck & Co Outperform » Mkt Perform $54 » $43
Apple Computer AAPL Bear Stearns Outperform » Peer Perform

ConocoPhillips COP Bear Stearns Outperform » Peer Perform

Burlington Res BR UBS Buy » Neutral

C.R. Bard BCR CIBC Wrld Mkts Sector Outperform » Sector Perform

PPG Industries PPG Citigroup Buy » Hold $63



Coverage Initiated Sort Alphabetically | Sort by Broker

Company Ticker Brokerage Firm Ratings Change Price Target
Puget Energy PSD KeyBanc Capital Mkts / McDonald Hold

Bank of NY BK UBS Neutral $36
Edwards Lifesci EW Needham & Co Buy $46
Vital Images VTAL DE Research Buy $31
Columbia Sportswear COLM Citigroup Hold $50
City National CYN JP Morgan Neutral

UnionBanCal UB JP Morgan Neutral

NTL Inc NTLI Morgan Joseph Buy $105
Taleo TLEO Maxim Group Buy $18
Meritage MTH Banc of America Sec Neutral $66
ChoicePoint CPS JP Morgan Overweight

Tiffany & Co TIF UBS Reduce $38
Guidant GDT Prudential Neutral $70
Websense WBSN Brean Murray Strong Buy $80
SafeNet SFNT Brean Murray Strong Buy $48
EZCORP EZPW Brean Murray Sell $10
Career Education CECO Prudential Neutral $38
Entegris ENTG Banc of America Sec Neutral

Varian Medical VAR Banc of America Sec Neutral $56
New River Pharma NRPH Friedman Billings Outperform $78
Apollo Group APOL Prudential Overweight $89
Gamestop GME Thomas Weisel Peer Perform

Nike NKE Citigroup Buy $104
Playboy PLA UBS Buy $17.50
Timberland TBL Citigroup Sell $29
FactSet FDS Friedman Billings Outperform $46
BioSphere Medical BSMD Rodman & Renshaw Mkt Outperform $10
RadiSys RSYS Dougherty & Company Buy

Audiocodes AUDC Dougherty & Company Buy




Coverage Reit/Price Tgt Changed* Sort Alphabetically | Sort by Broker

Company Ticker Brokerage Firm Ratings Change Price Target
Select Comfort SCSS Wedbush Morgan Buy $32 » $30
Quiksilver ZQK Wedbush Morgan Buy $12 » $14
Mitcham Ind MIND Sanders Morris Harris Strong Buy $18 » $27
Kinder Morgan Prtnrs KMP Lehman Brothers Overweight $57 » $54
Emageon EMAG Piper Jaffray Outperform $18 » $20
Arena Pharm ARNA Piper Jaffray Outperform $11 » $20
Select Comfort SCSS Piper Jaffray Outperform $29 » $30
Diodes DIOD CE Unterberg Towbin Buy $28 » $40
Celanese CE UBS Neutral $19 » $20
ADC Telecom ADCT UBS Neutral $22 » $24
Lehman Brothers LEH UBS Neutral $126 » $133
Franklin Resources BEN UBS Neutral $94 » $98
T. Rowe Price TROW UBS Neutral $72 » $75
Cohen & Steers CNS UBS Neutral $18.50 » $19
Janus Capital JNS UBS Neutral $17 » $18.50
Fed Investors FII UBS Neutral $36 » $40
Lehman Brothers LEH Morgan Stanley Equal-weight $110 » $120
Cendant CD Morgan Stanley Overweight $25 » $23
ADC Telecom ADCT Jefferies & Co Hold $19.25 » $22.50
Harley-Davidson HDI RBC Capital Mkts Sector Perform $49 » $53
Martek Biosci MATK Needham & Co Buy $54 » $40
Arena Pharm ARNA Needham & Co Buy $182
Fifth Third FITB Harris Nesbitt Neutral $39 » $37
Marvell MRVL Harris Nesbitt Outperform $60 » $67
Entercom ETM Harris Nesbitt Neutral $32 » $34
Broadcom BRCM Harris Nesbitt Outperform $55 » $60
ADC Telecom ADCT CSFB Outperform $24 » $27
Elec For Imaging EFII Oppenheimer Buy $30 » $32
Martek Biosci MATK Citigroup Buy $60 » $50
ConocoPhillips COP Citigroup Hold $76 » $65
Ross Stores ROST Citigroup Buy $30 » $36
Best Buy BBY Citigroup Buy $54 » $53
Cal Dive CDIS Fortis Bank Buy $33 » $53
RADVision RVSN Kaufman Bros Buy $17.50 » $20
Arena Pharm ARNA Morgan Joseph Buy $14 » $18
Palm PALM JP Morgan Overweight

Celanese CE Banc of America Sec Buy $21 » $24
Procter & Gamble PG Banc of America Sec Buy $60 » $64
Take-Two TTWO Banc of America Sec Neutral $23 » $19
Activision ATVI Banc of America Sec Neutral $18 » $14
Lehman Brothers LEH Prudential Overweight $127 » $135
Arena Pharm ARNA CIBC Wrld Mkts Sector Outperform $12 » $17
Asta Funding ASFI Ryan, Beck & Co Outperform $34 » $37



Coverage Dropped Sort Alphabetically | Sort by Broker

Company Ticker Brokerage Firm Ratings Change Price Target
Spinnaker Exp SKE KeyBanc Capital Mkts / McDonald Hold




(a) Brokerage firm initiating coverage participated in underwriting the recent IPO.
(b) Brokerage firm resumes coverage.
(c) Brokerage firm participated in the secondary offering.
* This list of reiterations/target changes is not comprehensive

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Author: cap58 Two stars, 250 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 27581 of 36686
Subject: Re: update Date: 12/14/2005 10:06 PM
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Dear Short Term Traders,

I have a quick question for you. I have been reading on this board quite a bit and am a little confused about the posts on the upgrades, downgrades, etc. As short term traders, do you act on these Upgrades/Downgrades? I understand the effect that these analysts have on the stock price, but am confused as to how short term traders react to these ratings. Thanks for any help!

Cap58

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Author: RayBH Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 27582 of 36686
Subject: Re: update Date: 12/14/2005 10:48 PM
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Cameron,

Welcome to the board and to answer your question I definatly use Dougs up/down/initiate posts.

I plan on posting a detailed report on how they have helped for the year, but I use them in conjunction with S&P and Thompsons and Medveds, report/evaluations.

Needless to say Due Diligence (DD) is involved and many are weeded out but I usually wind up with 3 to 5 every day that I put on a watch to buy list if they reach my criteria such as price movement and volume.

Now if I could just get Doug to post them a day earlier so that I could catch the initial price move....LOL.. many thanks for those posts Doug they have made my year

Hope this helps, but always remember due dilligence is the most important part of your trading basis.

ray

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Author: RayBH Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 27583 of 36686
Subject: Re: update Date: 12/14/2005 10:55 PM
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Oh BTW,

I rarely hold a stock longer than 6 months and usually 1 day to 6 weeks is normal, so Dougs posts have worked for me as a short term trader...

ray

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Author: cap58 Two stars, 250 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 27584 of 36686
Subject: Re: update Date: 12/15/2005 12:49 AM
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Ray,

Thanks a lot for the info. I have been in the market for a couple of years now and have mainly just stuck with the buy and hold method. I took a look over the performance of the upgrades/downgrades since the posting. As far as short term trading, what are you looking for in the stock? Are you looking for a high volume stock with somewhat high volatility? Do the companies financials factor in to which stocks you select even though you are only owning the stock for a short period? Do you have a gain/loss at which you automatically sell? Also, where is the best place to read on this investment strategy as I would like to start becoming a little bit more of an active trader (but want to get the basics first). Thank you for your response, it is much appreciated.

Cameron

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Author: averagjoe Big funky green star, 20000 posts Top Favorite Fools Top Recommended Fools Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 27585 of 36686
Subject: Re: update Date: 12/15/2005 1:04 AM
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Cameron:

You can find loads of useful information in the FAQ of the Daytrading Den

http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=23429658

Much of what you find there applies equally to short term trading. Look on the right side bar directly under the Announcements logo.

~aj

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Author: RayBH Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 27586 of 36686
Subject: Re: update Date: 12/15/2005 2:08 AM
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Cameron,

I will post in depth on my current style and ideas later but here is a thread that is from "Devils Den" from a few years ago and it is still applies today, of course none of the stocks are in my current ports.

http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=12436343&sort=whole

ray

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Author: averagjoe Big funky green star, 20000 posts Top Favorite Fools Top Recommended Fools Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 27587 of 36686
Subject: Re: update Date: 12/15/2005 2:34 AM
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Hey Ray:

Whatever happened to CoChinaDesk? I guess he went the way of ArchiePelago and chaz02, huh?

~aj

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Author: RayBH Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 27588 of 36686
Subject: Re: update Date: 12/15/2005 9:33 AM
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Hey Josie.....:0)

"Whatever happened to CoChinaDesk?"

Dunno, he/she was sure a characture (sp) wasn't he/she (being PC here).....VBG.

ray

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Author: alcear Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 27590 of 36686
Subject: Re: update Date: 12/16/2005 9:11 AM
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ray....i'm workin on it!i asked the brokerage firms to give em to me 1st...so far,no response

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Author: alcear Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 27591 of 36686
Subject: Re: update Date: 12/16/2005 10:58 AM
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sorry about missing some days on the update but it's duck season & it's been fantastic!it's all about priorities!

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Author: RayBH Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 27592 of 36686
Subject: Re: update Date: 12/16/2005 11:12 AM
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Doug....

"it's duck season & it's been fantastic!it's all about priorities!"

Yeah that is something I miss, duck/goose hunting. We sure have the flight down of "northern birds" around us (south Bartlett area). LOL I could prolly limit out in the back yard with geese.

ray


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Author: alcear Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 27593 of 36686
Subject: Re: update Date: 12/16/2005 12:04 PM
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dang ray..we are very close.i live in lake zurich & my office is in palatine.i sold alot of real estate in bartlett in the last 18 years!duck hunting (i hunt just north of peoria)for the last 3 weeks has been the best i've had in the last 40 years!goin back down today to hunt the weekend.

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Author: dsemmler Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 27594 of 36686
Subject: Re: update Date: 12/16/2005 12:35 PM
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dang ray..we are very close.i live in lake zurich & my office is in palatine

Delurking to say that you are both close to me as well. Working in Lake Forest and live in Oswego.

dt

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Author: RayBH Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 27595 of 36686
Subject: Re: update Date: 12/16/2005 1:18 PM
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hehehe..............

small world ain't it.........

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Author: alcear Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 27596 of 36686
Subject: Re: update Date: 12/17/2005 11:30 AM
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good lord man!thats a hell of a commute!

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Author: dsemmler Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 27597 of 36686
Subject: Re: update Date: 12/17/2005 11:37 AM
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good lord man!thats a hell of a commute!

No kidding, 65 miles each way. Luckily I am able to do 4 days per week and have a flexible schedule to avoid most of the traffic. Although not being a morning person makes it hard to get out of the house by 4:30am!

dt

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