Small Cap Stock Upgrades - ALTR, HCBK, GOLD, WAT, PRE, MXIM

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Altera Corp. ( ALTR ),   Hudson City Bancorp Inc. ( HCBK ), Randgold Resources Ltd. ( GOLD ), Waters Corp. ( WAT ), PartnerRe ( PRE ) and  Maxim Integrated Products Inc. ( MXIM ) were among some of the small-cap stocks upgraded by Louis Navellier in his latest fundamental stock analysis on April 19, 2010.

Semiconductor stock Altera Corp. ( ALTR ) was upgraded from its rating of a C grade or "hold"  last week in Portfolio Grader to a B grade or "buy"this week in Louis Navellier's database of stocks to buy and sell.

Financial stock Hudson City Bancorp Inc. ( HCBK ), which is in the Thrifts & Mortgage Finance subsector, was upgraded from its rating of a D grade or "sell" last week in Portfolio Grader to a C grade or "hold" on April 19.

Metals and mining stock Randgold Resources Ltd. ( GOLD ) was upgraded from its rating of a C grade or "hold"  last week to a B grade or "buy"this week in Portfolio Grader.

Small cap stock Waters Corp. ( WAT ), which specializes in life sciences products, was upgraded from a B grade or "buy" rating last week to a A grade or "strong buy" in Louis Navellier's latest fundamental stock analysis.

Insurance and reinsurance provider PartnerRe ( PRE ) upgraded from its rating of a C grade or "hold"  last week to a B grade or "buy" this week in Portfolio Grader's database.

Another semiconductor small-cap stock, Maxim Integrated Products Inc. ( MXIM ), was upgraded from its rating of a C grade or "hold"  last week in Portfolio Grader to a B grade or "buy" this week.

View this week's small-cap stock upgrade list below. Remember that an A grade is a "Strong Buy," a B grade is a "Buy" and a C grade is "Hold."

Symbol Company Name Industry

Market Cap ( B )

Grade This Week

Grade Last Week

ABVT AboveNet Inc. Telecommunication Services $1.3 A B
ATU Actuant Corp. Machinery $1.5 C D
AAP Advance Auto Parts Inc. Specialty Retail $4.2 C D
AMG Affiliated Managers Group Inc. Capital Markets $3.5 C D
AAI AirTran Holdings Inc. Airlines $0.8 C D
ALK Alaska Air Group Inc. Airlines $1.5 A B
ACV Alberto-Culver Co. Personal Products $2.7 B C
Y Alleghany Corp. Insurance $2.7 B C
ALE Allete Inc. Electric Utilities $1.2 B C
LNT Alliant Energy Corp. Multi-Utilities $3.8 B C
ALTR Altera Corp. Semiconductors $7.8 B C
AMED Amedisys Inc. Health Care Providers $1.7 B C
UHAL Amerco Road & Rail $1.2 C D
AMOV America Movil S.A.B. de C.V. Telecommunications $1.2 B C
ATR AptarGroup Inc. Containers & Packaging $2.9 B C
ARBA Ariba Inc. Software $1.3 C D
AZPN Aspen Technology Inc. Software $1.0 B C
AF Astoria Financial Corp. Thrifts & Mortgage Finance $1.5 C D
BCPC Balchem Corp. Chemicals $0.7 B C
IRE Bank of Ireland Sponsored Commercial Banks $2.3 C D
BIO Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc. Life Sciences Tools & Services $3.0 B C
BLKB Blackbaud Inc. Software $1.2 B C
BBBB Blackboard Inc. Software $1.5 C D
BWA BorgWarner Inc. Auto Components $4.5 C D
BR Broadridge Financial Solutions IT Services $3.0 C D
BKE Buckle Inc. Specialty Retail $1.8 C D
BWLD Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. Hotels Restaurants & Leisure $0.9 B C
BKC Burger King Holdings Inc. Hotels Restaurants & Leisure $2.8 C D
CCMP Cabot Microelectronics Corp. Semiconductors $0.9 B C
CE Celanese Corp. (Series A) Chemicals $4.9 B C
CBI Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. Construction & Engineering $2.4 B C
CNL Cleco Corp. Electric Utilities $1.6 C D
PSS Collective Brands Inc. Specialty Retail $1.5 B C
STZ Constellation Brands Inc. Beverages $3.8 B C
CZZ Cosan Ltd. Food Products $2.8 B C
CY Cypress Semiconductor Corp. Semiconductors $2.0 B C
CYT Cytec Industries Inc. Chemicals $2.4 B C
DCI Donaldson Co. Inc. Machinery $3.6 C D
DWA DreamWorks Animation SKG Media $3.5 A B
DSW DSW Inc. Cl A Specialty Retail $1.2 A B
DCP DynCorp International Inc. Aerospace & Defense $1.0 C D
EDE Empire District Electric Co. Electric Utilities $0.7 B C
ELS Equity Lifestyle Properties Inc. Real Estate Investment Trusts $1.7 C D
FLIR Flir Systems Inc. Electronic Equipment $4.5 C D
FMC FMC Corp. Chemicals $4.6 C D
FL Foot Locker Inc Specialty Retail $2.5 C D
FOSL Fossil Inc. Textiles Apparel & Luxury Goods $2.7 A B
IT Gartner Inc. IT Services $2.2 B C
GCO Genesco Inc. Specialty Retail $0.8 C D
GNTX Gentex Corp. Auto Components $3.0 B C
GTIV Gentiva Health Services Inc. Health Care Providers $0.9 B C
GPN Global Payments Inc. IT Services $3.7 C D
GLRE Greenlight Capital Re Ltd. Cl A Insurance $1.0 B C
GFF Griffon Corp. Building Products $0.8 C D
ASR Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste Transportation Infrastructure $1.6 B C
MLHR Herman Miller Inc. Commercial Services $1.1 C D
HRC Hill-Rom Holdings Inc. Health Care Equipment $1.9 A B
HPT Hospitality Properties Trust Real Estate Investment Trusts $3.2 B C
HCBK Hudson City Bancorp Inc. Thrifts & Mortgage Finance $7.6 C D
IDA IDACORP Inc. Electric Utilities $1.7 A B
IDC Interactive Data Corp. Media $3.2 B C
IFSIA Interface Inc. Commercial Services $0.8 A B
ISIL Intersil Corp.  Semiconductors $2.0 C D
ITRI Itron Inc. Electronic Equipment $3.0 B C
JCG J. Crew Group Inc. Specialty Retail $3.0 A B
JBHT J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. Road & Rail $4.7 C D
JEF Jefferies Group Inc. Capital Markets $4.5 B C
JLL Jones Lang LaSalle Inc. Real Estate Management & Dev. $3.2 B C
LFL LAN Airlines S.A. Airlines $6.2 A B
LSTR Landstar System Inc. Road & Rail $2.2 C D
LPS Lender Processing Services Inc. IT Services $3.5 C D
LTM Life Time Fitness Inc. Hotels Restaurants & Leisure $1.4 C D
LINC Lincoln Educational Services Corp. Diversified Consumer Services $0.7 B C
LORL Loral Space & Communications Inc. Communications Equipment $1.2 B C
LUFK Lufkin Industries Inc. Energy Equipment & Services $1.3 B C
MTA Magyar Telekom Telecommunications Telecommunication Services $4.3 B C
ME Mariner Energy Inc. Oil Gas & Consumable Fuels $2.6 C D
MKL Markel Corp. Insurance $3.7 B C
MXIM Maxim Integrated Products Inc. Semiconductors $6.4 B C
MFA MFA Financial Inc. Real Estate Investment Trusts $2.0 B C
MCRS Micros Systems Inc. Software $2.8 B C
NSM National Semiconductor Corp. Semiconductors $3.7 C D
NTGR NETGEAR Inc. Communications Equipment $0.9 A B
NJR New Jersey Resources Corp. Gas Utilities $1.6 C D
NICE NICE-Systems Ltd. Software $2.0 C D
NWE NorthWestern Corp. Multi-Utilities $1.0 B C
NVLS Novellus Systems Inc. Semiconductors $2.6 B C
NST NSTAR Multi-Utilities $3.9 C D
OB OneBeacon Insurance Group Insurance $1.6 C D
ONXX Onyx Pharmaceuticals Inc. Biotechnology $1.9 C D
PKG Packaging Corp. of America Containers & Packaging $2.6 B C
PRE PartnerRe Ltd. Insurance $6.6 B C
PBT Permian Basin Royalty Trust Oil Gas & Consumable Fuels $0.9 B C
PFWD Phase Forward Inc. Health Care Technology $0.7 C D
PICO Pico Holdings Inc. Diversified Financial Services $0.9 C D
PRA ProAssurance Corp. Insurance $1.9 C D
PSYS Psychiatric Solutions Inc. Health Care Providers $1.7 B C
QSFT Quest Software Inc. Software $1.6 C D
GOLD Randgold Resources Ltd. Metals & Mining $7.2 B C
ROLL RBC Bearings Inc. Machinery $0.7 C D
REGN Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. Biotechnology $2.1 B C
RGA Reinsurance Group of America Insurance $4.0 B C
ROP Roper Industries Inc. Electrical Equipment $5.7 C D
RDK Ruddick Corp. Food & Staples Retailing $1.6 B C
SHS Sauer-Danfoss Inc. Machinery $0.8 B C
SEIC SEI Investments Co. Capital Markets $4.5 B C
SIGI Selective Insurance Group Inc. Insurance $0.9 C D
SLGN Silgan Holdings Inc. Containers & Packaging $2.5 B C
SIRO Sirona Dental Systems Inc. Health Care Equipment $2.1 A B
SWKS Skyworks Solutions Inc. Semiconductors $2.8 B C
SLM SLM Corp. Consumer Finance $6.1 B C
SRX SRA International Inc. IT Services $1.3 B C
SCS Steelcase Inc. Commercial Services $0.9 C D
SVU SUPERVALU Inc. Food & Staples Retailing $3.6 C D
SYNT Syntel Inc. IT Services $1.7 B C
TLEO Taleo Corp. Software $1.1 B C
TECH Techne Corp. Life Sciences Tools & Services $2.4 C D
TE TECO Energy Inc. Multi-Utilities $3.5 B C
TI.A Telecom Italia S.p.A. @NA $7.2 C D
TFSL TFS Financial Corp. Thrifts & Mortgage Finance $4.3 C D
THO Thor Industries Inc. Automobiles $1.8 B C
TKR Timken Co. Machinery $3.1 C D
TIVO TiVo Inc. Software $1.9 C D
TTC Toro Co. Machinery $1.8 B C
TSL Trina Solar Ltd. Electrical Equipment $1.8 A B
TGI Triumph Group Inc. Aerospace & Defense $1.2 B C
UTHR United Therapeutics Corp. Biotechnology $3.1 A B
MTN Vail Resorts Inc. Hotels Restaurants & Leisure $1.6 C D
VSEA Varian Semiconductor Equipment Semiconductors $2.6 C D
WPC W.P. Carey & Co. Capital Markets $1.2 C D
WFSL Washington Federal Inc. Thrifts & Mortgage Finance $2.3 C D
WAT Waters Corp. Life Sciences Tools & Services $6.6 A B
WSO Watsco Inc. Trading Companies & Distributors $1.9 C D
WR Westar Energy Inc. Electric Utilities $2.5 C D
WPRT Westport Innovations Inc. Auto Components $0.7 A B
WWE World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. Media $1.3 B C

 

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