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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Apple, Alcobra, Deere, GT, J.C. Penney and More

Other Key Analyst Calls

Aratana Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: PETX) was started as Overweight with a $17 price target at Piper Jaffray.

BioMed Realty Trust Inc. (NYSE: BMR) was started as Buy with a price target of $23 at Mizuho.

CBOE Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: CBOE) was started as Neutral with a price target of $55 at Citigroup.

Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Merrill Lynch.

Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. (NASDAQ: DNKN) was downgraded to Hold from Buy and the price target was cut to $47 from $50 at Jefferies.

Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) was maintained Neutral but its price target was raised to $40 from $35 at Mizuho.

Hibbett Sports Inc. (NASDAQ: HIBB) was started as Neutral with a price target of $45 at Goldman Sachs. Merrill Lynch downgraded it to Neutral from Buy.

International Paper Co. (NYSE: IP) was raised to Buy from Neutral and the price target was raised to $55 from $53 at Merrill Lynch.

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Leidos Holdings Inc. (NYSE: LDOS) was raised to Neutral from Underperform and the price target was raised to $35 from $30 (versus a $34.95 close) at Credit Suisse.

MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) was raised to Buy from Hold with a $30 price target at Deutsche Bank.

Noodles & Co. (NASDAQ: NDLS) was raised to Buy with a $24 price target at Jefferies.

Novavax Inc. (NASDAQ: NVAX) was started as Overweight with a price target of $7 at J.P. Morgan.

Rewalk Robotics Ltd. (NASDAQ: RWLK) saw its quiet period end. Barclays started it as Equal Weight with a price target of $28, and it was started as Hold with a price target of $26 at Canaccord Genuity. Jefferies started the exoskeleton maker at Buy with a $39 price target.

Rock-Tenn Co. (NYSE: RKT) was raised to Buy from Neutral and the price target was raised to $56 from $54 at Merrill Lynch.

Regions Financial Corp. (NYSE: RF) was started as Outperform and given a $12 price target (versus a $9.98 close) at Bernstein.

UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) was started as Overweight with a $121 price target at Piper Jaffray.

VeriFone Systems Inc. (NYSE: PAY) was started as Outperform with a price target of $39 (versus a $33.95 close) at Pacific Crest.

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Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: VRTX) was maintained as Hold at Argus, with the firm noting specifically that the shares are fully valued ahead of the 28th Annual North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference.

WellCare Health Plans Inc. (NYSE: WCG) was raised to Buy from Neutral with a $72 price target (versus a $57.29 close) at Sterne Agee.

In case you missed Monday’s top analyst upgrades and downgrades, they were in Bank of Ireland, Buffalo Wild Wings, Celgene, FedEx, Intuitive Surgical, Meritage Homes, Mobileye, SanDisk, Splunk and many more.

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