Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades (ABAX, ATVI, AFFY, AKAM, AIG, ETN, GILD, HNZ, IP, OXY, OMG, OC, PAAS, SWY, TTWO, TEVA, TPH, VMW)

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These are some of this Monday’s top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen from Wall St. research calls.

Abaxis Inc. (NASDAQ: ABAX) cut to Underperform from Neutral.

Activision Blizzard Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI) reiterated Buy with $18 target at Argus.

Affymax Inc. (NASDAQ: AFFY) was downgraded across the board by Piper Jaffray, Baird, Stifel Nicolaus and others after its deadly dialysis injection recall was announced over the weekend.

Akamai Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM) raised to Outperform at Macquarie.

American International Group Inc. (NYSE: AIG) reiterated Buy and raised price target by $5 to $45 at Argus.

Eaton Corp. (NYSE: ETN) started as Outperform with $72 target price at Credit Suisse.

Gilead Sciences Inc. (NASDAQ: GILD) was maintained Buy but it was added to the key US 1 List at BofA/Merrill Lynch.

H.J. Heinz (NYSE: HNZ) cut to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup.

International Paper Co. (NYSE: IP) raised to Overweight at J.P. Morgan.

Occidental Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: OXY) raised to Outperform at Raymond James.

OM Group Inc. (NYSE: OMG) named Bear of the Day at Zacks.

Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) cut to Market Perform at Wells Fargo.

Pan American Silver Corp. (NASDAQ: PAAS) raised to Buy at Canaccord Genuity.

Safeway Inc. (NYSE: SWY) raised to Neutral at BofA/Merrill Lynch.

Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO) named Bull of the Day after hitting the reset button at Zacks.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE: TEVA) cut to Hold at Argus.

TRI Pointe Homes Inc. (NYSE: TPH) started as Outperform at FBR and started as Buy at Deutsche Bank.

VMware Inc. (NYSE: VMW) raised to Neutral at Citigroup.

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