Top Analyst Upgrades & Downgrades (AB, AMAT, ARMH, T, ERJ, HAS, IACI, INTC, KLAC, MAT, MRK, NVLS, POT, SWY, AMTD, VSEA)

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These are some of this Friday’s top analyst calls with upgrades, downgrades, and initiations seen from Wall Street research firms.

AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. (NYSE: AB) Cut to Neutral and $26 target at BofA/ML.
Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT) Raised target to $15 at BofA/ML.
ARM Holdings plc (NASDAQ: ARMH) Reiterated Neutral on overvaluations at BNP Paribas.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) Reiterated Buy at Argus.
EMBRAER (NYSE: ERJ) Raised to Conviction Buy List at Goldman Sachs.
Hasbro Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) Started as Buy at Jefferies.
IAC/InterActiveCorp. (NASDAQ: IACI) Cut to Neutral at Goldman Sachs.
Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) Reiterated Outperform and $28 target but raised estimates at Credit Suisse; Reiterated Buy at Argus; Maintained Buy with $27 target at Gleacher & Co.; Maintained Buy at Gabelli & Co.
KLA-Tencor Corporation (NASDAQ: KLAC) Raised target to $48 at BofA/ML.
Mattel Inc. (NASDAQ: MAT) Started as Buy at Jefferies.
Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE: MRK) Maintained Buy on weakness at Argus.
Novellus Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: NVLS) Raised target to $38 at BofA/ML.
Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (NYSE: POT) Reiterated Outperform but Raised target to $189 at Credit Suisse.
Safeway Inc. (NYSE: SWY) Cut to Sell at S&P Equity Research (late-Thursday call).
TD AMERITRADE Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: AMTD) Cut to Market Perform at BMO.
Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates Inc. (NASDAQ: VSEA) Raised to Neutral with $45 target at BofA/ML.

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