Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades (ADUS, GAS, ALU, AAPL, EAT, CTL, DPZ, DUK, LULU, MSFT, LCC, ULTA, VNO)

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

Addus HomeCare Corp. (NASDAQ: ADUS) cut to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer.

AGL Resources Inc. (NYSE: GAS) named Bear of the Day at Zacks.

Alcatel-Lucent S.A. (NYSE: ALU) raised to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) started as Buy with $540 price target at Lazard.

Brinker International Inc. (NYSE: EAT) raised to Buy at Goldman Sachs.

CenturyLink Inc. (NYSE: CTL) raised to Overweight at J.P. Morgan.

Domino’s Pizza Inc. (NYSE: DPZ) maintained Buy but removed from Conviction Buy List at Goldman Sachs.

Duke Energy Corp. (NYSE: DUK) cut to Hold at Argus.

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Lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) cut to Sector Perform at RBC Capital Markets.

Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) cut to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill Lynch.

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U.S. Airways Group Inc. (NYSE: LCC) cut to Neutral at BofA/Merrill Lynch.

Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrance Inc. (NASDAQ: ULTA) raised to Buy from Hold at Jefferies.

Vornado Realty Trust (NYSE: VNO) raised to Buy from Hold at Stifel Nicolaus.