Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades (ALKS, NLY, AAPL, APOL, CMA, COP, DB, DUK, HOG, INTC, LINE, POT, SDRL, STJ, VVUS, Z)

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These are some of the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations we have seen from Wall St. research calls this Thursday.

Alkermes PLC (NASDAQ: ALKS) raised to Outperform with $24 target and named Bull of the Day at Zacks.

Annaly Capital Management (NYSE: NLY) raised to Market Perform at Wells Fargo.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) maintained Outperform but lowered target to $730 on lower iPhone expectations at BMO Capital Markets.

Apollo Group Inc. (NASDAQ: APOL) cut to Market Perform at William Blair.

Comerica Inc. (NYSE: CMA) raised to Hold at Stifel Nicolaus and cut to Neutral at Stern Agee.

ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) raised to Neutral at Goldman Sachs.

Deutsche Bank A.G. (NYSE: DB) cut to Underweight at JPMorgan.

Duke Energy Corp. (NYSE: DUK) raised to Buy at Citigroup.

Harley-Davidson Inc. (NYSE: HOG) raised to Buy with $54 target at Goldman Sachs.

Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC) cut to Underperform with $20 target and named Bear of the Day at Zacks.

Linn Energy (NASDAQ: LINE) started as Buy at Stifel Nicolaus.

Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (NYSE: POT) cut to Sector Perform at RBC.

SeaDrill Ltd. (NYSE: SDRL) raised to Buy at Goldman Sachs.

St. Jude Medical Inc. (NYSE: STJ) cut to Market Perform at William Blair.

VIVUS Inc. (NASDAQ: VVUS) reiterated Outperform with $29 target at redit Suisse.

Zillow Inc. (NASDAQ: Z) started as Buy with $47 target at Goldman Sachs.

JON C. OGG

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