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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Alcoa, Cigna, Intel, Molina, Teva, UnitedHealth and More

Cigna Co. (NYSE: CI) was started with a Buy rating and given a $110 price target at Sterne Agee.

Colfax Corp. (NYSE: CFX) was started with a Buy rating at Goldman Sachs.

Endo International PLC (NASDAQ: ENDP) was started as Buy with an $83 price target at Canaccord Geunuity.

Flowserve Corp. (NYSE: FLS) was started with a Sell rating at Goldman Sachs.

Health Net Inc. (NYSE: HNT) was started with a Buy rating and given a $60 price target (versus a $40.39 close) at Sterne Agee. This is almost 50% implied upside and is based on it being the cheapest health plan in the industry relative to sustainable margin derived earnings per share in a post ACA world.

HollyFrontier Corp. (NYSE: HFC) was downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse.

Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC) was raised to Market Perform from Underperform at Bernstein, which is just removing one of the last capitulation negative ratings after the company raised guidance and hit a decade high.

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Manitowoc Co. (NYSE: MTW) was raised to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies, but the stock was downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital Markets.

Molina Healthcare Inc. (NYSE: MOH) was started with a Buy rating and was given a $69 price target (versus a $44.22 close) at Sterne Agee. This represents more than 50% implied upside and is based on shares not fully reflecting normalized earnings power,and the belief that investors receive post-2015 top-line growth for free.

Pacira Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: PCRX) was started with a Buy rating and given a $109 price target (versus a $88.50 close) at Canaccord Genuity.

Pentair PLC (NYSE: PNR) was started at Neutral at Goldman Sachs.

Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (NASDAQ: SLXP) was started with a Buy rating and given a $145 price target (versus a $123.97 close) at Canaccord Genuity.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE: TEVA) was started with a Hold rating at Canaccord Genuity.

UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) was started as Underperform and was given an $80 price target (versus a $81.89 close) at Sterne Agee.

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VeriSign Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN) was downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo.

WellCare Health Plans Inc. (NYSE: WCG) was started with an Underperform rating and given a $76 price target (versus a $74.68 close) at Sterne Agee.

In case you missed Thursday’s analyst upgrades and downgrades, those included shares of Amazon, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Twitter, Disney, Yahoo! and many more.

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