Stock Analysts Started New Ratings on These Stocks Today

Following is information about companies for which analysts initiated coverage today:

  • PROLOR Biotech (AMEX:PBTH): Morgan Joseph rates this stock a Buy with a price target of $16.  About the company: PROLOR Biotech Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company develops therapeutic proteins. PROLOR offers treatment by using naturally occurring amino acid sequence to slow the removal of therapeutic proteins from the body without increasing toxicity or altering the oberall biological activity.
  • Amarin (NASDAQ:AMRN): MKM Partners rates this stock a Buy with a price target of $23.  About the company: Amarin Corporation PLC is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. The Company researches, develops, and commercializes drugs for the treatment of hypertriglyceridemia, central nervous system disorders, and cardiovascular diseases.
  • LMI Aerospace (NASDAQ:LMIA): Stifel Nicolaus rates this stock a Buy with a price target of $30.  About the company:  LMI Aerospace, Inc. fabricates, machines, finishes, and integrates formed, close tolerance aluminum and specialty alloy components for use by the aerospace industry. The Company’s components include leading edge wing slats, flaps, lens assemblies, cockpit window frame assemblies, fuselage skins and supports, and passenger and cargo door frames and supports.
  • Richmont Mines Inc. (AMEX:RIC): Rodman & Renshaw rates this stock a Mkt Outperform with a price target of $10  About the company:  Richmont Mines, Inc. is a Canadian gold mining company. The Company owns and operates the Francoeur Mine, Beaufor Mine and Camflo Mill in Quebec, and the Island Gold Mine in Ontario. Richmont also maintains numerous exploration properties in Canada.
  • Digital River (NASDAQ:DRIV): Robert W. Baird rates this stock a Neutral with a price target of $35.  About the company: Digital River, Inc. provides comprehensive electronic commerce outsourcing solutions to software publishers and online retailers. The Company also provides data mining and merchandising services to assist clients in increasing Internet page view traffic to web sites. Competitors to Watch: Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKAM), EasyLink Services Intl. Corp. (NASDAQ:ESIC), PFSweb, Inc. (NASDAQ:PFSW), eBay Inc. (NASDAQ:EBAY), GSI Commerce, Inc. (NASDAQ:GSIC), Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL), Premiere Global Services, Inc. (NYSE:PGI), Tier Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:TIER), and Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC).
  • Shutterfly (NASDAQ:SFLY): Robert W. Baird rates this stock an Outperform with a price target of $75.  About the company: Shutterfly, Inc. operates an e-commerce Internet website. The website offers a wide range of photo-related products and services for social expression and personal publishing.
  • Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN): Robert W. Baird rates this stock an Outperform with a price target of $260.   Susquehanna Financial rates this stock a Positive with a price target of $265.  About the company:  Amazon.com, Inc. is an online retailer that offers a wide range of products. The Company’s products include books, music, videotapes, computers, electronics, home and garden, and numerous other products. Amazon offers personalized shopping services, Web-based credit card payment, and direct shipping to customers. Competitors to Watch: eBay Inc. (NASDAQ:EBAY), Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK), Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT), Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG), Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), Costco Wholesale Corp. (NASDAQ:COST), Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY), OverStock.com (NASDAQ:OSTK), HSN (NASDAQ:HSNI), PC Mall, Inc. (NASDAQ:MALL), Target (NYSE:TGT) and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL).
  • eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY): Robert W. Baird rates this stock an Outperform with a price target of $40.  About the company:  eBay Inc. operates an online trading community. The Company’s service is used by buyers and sellers for the exchange of products and services such as coins, collectibles, computers, memorabilia, stamps and toys, as well as concert and sporting tickets. eBay also offers, through a subsidiary, secure online payment services. Competitors to Watch: Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), GSI Commerce, Inc. (NASDAQ:GSIC), Liquidity Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:LQDT), Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG), Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK), BIDZ.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:BIDZ), Gaiam, Inc. (NASDAQ:GAIA), U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRTS), HSN, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSNI), Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT), Target (NYSE:TGT), Best Buy (NYSE:BBY).
  • Liquidity Services (NASDAQ:LQDT): Robert W. Baird rates this stock an Outperform with a price target of $30.  About the company: Liquidity Services Inc. provides full service solutions to market and sell surplus assets and wholesale goods.
  • HollyFrontier (HFC): Oppenheimer rates this stock an Outperform with a price target of $90.  About the company:  HollyFrontier Corporation operates as an independent petroleum refiner and marketer in the United States. It produces light products, such as gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, and other specialty products.
  • Priceline.com (NASDAQ:PCLN): Susquehanna Financial rates this stock a Positive with a price target of $670.  About the company: Priceline.com Incorporated enables consumers to use the Internet to save money on a variety of products and services. The Company’s product allows customers to name their own price on products or services and communicates that demand directly to participating sellers or to their private databases. Participants include domestic and international airlines, and hotel chains. Competitors to Watch: Orbitz Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:OWW), Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXPE), Travelzoo Inc. (NASDAQ:TZOO), Universal Travel Group (NYSE:UTA), Ctrip.com Intl., Ltd. (NASDAQ:CTRP), Viad Corp (NYSE:VVI), Interval Leisure Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:IILG).
  • Google (NASDAQ:GOOG): Susquehanna Financial rates this stock a Positive with a price target of $640.  About the company: Google Inc. is a global technology company that provides a web based search engine through its website. The Company offers a wide range of search options, including web, image, groups, directory, and news searches. Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY), Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), Bidu (NASDAQ:BIDU), Oracle (NASDAQ:ORCL), Research in Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM), and AOL (NYSE:AOL).
  • Acuity Brands (NYSE:AYI): Kaufman Bros rates this stock a Hold with a price target of $52  About the company:   Acuity Brands, Inc. manufactures and sells lighting equipment and chemicals. The Company provides indoor and outdoor lighting equipment for commercial, industrial, outdoor, and residential applications. Acuity also provides a range of chemical products, including industrial and institutional maintenance and sanitation products, pest control products, and lawn and garden products.
  • Commerce Bancshares (NASDAQ:CBSH): Morgan Keegan rates this stock an Outperform with a price target of $49 About the company:  Commerce Bancshares, Inc., a bank holding company, offers a full line of banking services, including capital markets, trust services, investment management and securities brokerage. The Company also has operating subsidiaries involved in mortgage banking, credit related insurance, venture capital, and real estate activities. Commerce operates in multiple states.
  • Capitol Federal (NASDAQ:CFFN): Morgan Keegan rates this stock a Market Perform with a price target of $12.5.  About the company:   Capitol Federal Financial is a bank holding company. The Bank provides mortgage lending services, primarily originating one-to four-family mortgage loans and offers a variety of personal financial products and services.

(Note: Data on stock ratings is sourced from here.  All data are assumed to be accurate.)

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