Stocks have recovered from their recent selling pressure, but now investors have to consider that a three-day weekend is here for all major markets in Europe and in North and South America. Many investors remain wary, wanting bull market upside while avoiding the next selling wave. 24/7 Wall St. reviews dozens of analyst research reports each morning of the week for new ideas for our readers. Some of these analyst calls are about stocks to buy, while some cover stocks to sell or to avoid. These are this Thursday’s top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations.
AcelRx Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ACRX) was started as Buy with a $16 price target at Canaccord Genuity.
Alcoa Inc. (NYSE: AA) was raised to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital Markets, and its price target was raised to $15 as well.
Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC) was raised to Outperform from Perform with a $19 price target by Oppenheimer.
Boardwalk Pipeline Partners L.P. (NYSE: BWP) was raised to Overweight from Underweight and the price target was raised to $18 from $16 at J.P. Morgan. Keep in mind that Boardwalk was the first real MLP implosion of 2014.
Cameron International Corp. (NYSE: CAM) was started with a Buy rating at Gabelli.
Edison International (NYSE: EIX) was raised to Buy from Hold at Jefferies.
Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (NYSE: EPD) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies.
Gogo Inc. (NASDAQ: GOGO) was raised to Overweight from Neutral at J.P. Morgan.
National Bank of Greece S.A. (NYSE: NBG) was raised to Neutral from Underweight at J.P. Morgan.
Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) was raised to Outperform from Sector Perform with a $500 price target at Pacific Crest. Again, we ask if Apple would be any closer to buying Netflix with its sell-off.
RF Micro Devices Inc. (NASDAQ: RFMD) was started as Market Perform at BMO Capital Markets.
SanDisk Corp. (NASDAQ: SNDK) was started as Overweight at Piper Jaffray.
Skyworks Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: SWKS) was started as Market Perform at BMO Capital Markets.
Seadrill Ltd. (NYSE: SDRL) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Merrill Lynch.
SolarCity Corp. (NASDAQ: SCTY) was raised to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird.
Targa Resources Partners L.P. (NYSE: NGLS) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies.
TriQuint Semiconductor Inc. (NASDAQ: TQNT) was started as Market Perform at BMO Capital Markets.