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Top Analyst Upgrades & Downgrades (AEG, AA, AGU, RDEA, CTL, CERN, COP, CNX, DMND, FCX, GOOG, IBN, JPM, NEM, BTU, SWC, STM, RIG, VICL)

These are some of the top analyst upgrades, downgrades, and initiations seen from Wall Street research calls this Friday morning.

AEGON N.V. (NYSE: AEG) maintained “Buy” but removed from Conviction Buy List at Goldman Sachs.
Alcoa Inc. (NYSE: AA) Started as Outperform with $20 target at Credit Suisse.
Agrium Inc. (NYSE: AGU) Reiterated Buy as Value at Zacks.
Ardea Biosciences Inc. (NASDAQ: RDEA) Raised to Outperform as Bull of the Day at Zacks.
CenturyLink Inc. (NYSE: CTL) Cut to Underperform as Bear of the Day at Zacks.
Cerner Corporation (NASDAQ: CERN) Added to Conviction Buy List at Goldman Sachs.
ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) Reiterated Buy at Argus.
CONSOL Energy Inc. (NYSE: CNX) Started as Outperform with $62 target at Credit Suisse.
Diamond Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ: DMND) Cut to Hold at Deutsche Bank.
Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. (NYSE: FCX) Started as Buy at BofA/ML; Started as Outperform at Credit Suisse.
Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) Reinstated as Buy at Needham; Reiterated Buy with $800 target at Canaccord Genuity.
ICICI Bank Ltd. (NYSE: IBN) Cut to Neutral at Credit Suisse.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) Reiterated Hold at Argus.
Newmont Mining Corp. (NYSE: NEM) Started as Neutral with $65 target at Credit Suisse.
Peabody Energy Corp (NYSE: BTU) Started as Outperform at Credit Suisse.
Stillwater Mining Company (NYSE: SWC) Started as Outperform with $24 target on Focus List at Credit Suisse.
STMicroelectronics NV (NYSE: STM) Cut to Equal-Weight at Morgan Stanley.
Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) Raised to Buy at Jefferies.
Vical Inc. (NASDAQ: VICL) Reiterated Buy with $8 target at Canaccord Genuity.

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