Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades (ARO, AGU, AIZ, CYH, CYS, EXPD, HMA, HLF, IEP, IBM, NTAP, NFLX, QCOM, SI, THC)

Investors and traders are often on the hunt for new ideas to generate income and profits. 24/7 Wall St. is always reviewing fresh research calls to find great ideas from value stocks to growth stocks to dividend stocks. Some are stocks to buy and some are stocks to sell. These are some of this Wednesday’s top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen from select Wall St. research calls.

Aeropostale Inc. (NYSE: ARO) cut to sell with $10 target at Goldman Sachs.

Agrium Inc. (NYSE: AGU) cut to Neutral at Piper Jaffray.

Assurant Inc. (NYSE: AIZ) raised to Neutral from Underperform at Stern Agee.

Community Health Systems Inc. (NYSE: CYH) cut to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank.

CYS Investments Inc. (NYSE: CYS) raised to Outperform with $14 target at KBW.

Expeditors International of Washington Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPD) maintained Buy but removed from Conviction Buy List at Goldman Sachs.

Health Management Associates Inc. (NYSE: HMA) cut to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank.

Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE: HLF) cut to Neutral from Buy at D.A. Davidson.

Icahn Enterprises L.P. (NASDAQ: IEP) started as Buy with $66 price target at Jefferies.

International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) raised to Buy from Neutral at UBS.

NetApp Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) cut to Neutral from Buy at UBS.

Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) started as Underweight with only a $115 price target at Evercore Partners; shares are only down marginally after closing at $169.36 Tuesday.

Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) reiterated Buy and raised estimates and price target to $75 from $74 at Stern Agee.

Siemens A.G. (NYSE: SI) raised to Neutral from Underperform at BNP Paribas.

Tenet Healthcare Corp. (NYSE: THC) cut to Hold at Deutsche Bank.

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