Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades (AGU, ALKS, ANN, APOL, PLCE, DHI, F, GHL, JPM, MSFT, MGM, PHM, STX, VOD)

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These are some of this Thursday’s key analyst upgrades, downgrades, and initiations seen in Wall Street research calls.

Agrium Inc. (NYSE: AGU) Removed from TD’s Action Buy List but target raised to $105.
Alkermes, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALKS) Cut to Hold at Jefferies.
AnnTaylor Stores Corp. (NYSE: ANN) Cut to Hold at S&P Equity Research (late Wednesday call).
Apollo Group Inc. (NASDAQ: APOL) Cut to Hold at Stifel Nicolaus; Cut to Underperform at FBR.
The Children’s Place Retail Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCE) Cut to Neutral at Susquehanna.
D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE: DHI) Raised to Neutral at UBS.
Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F) Raised to Buy at Deutsche Bank.
Greenhill & Co. (NYSE: GHL) Cut to Market Perform at KBW.
J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) Reiterated Outperform at FBR.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) Target Cut to $28 from $30 at Barclays.
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) Raised to Outperform at BMO.
PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM) Raised to Neutral at UBS.
Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX) Started as Hold at ThinkEquity (late Wednesday call).
Vodafone plc (NYSE: VOD) Raised to Buy at Nomura.

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