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Aerie Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: AERI) was raised to Buy from Hold at Cantor Fitzgerald.

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ALNY) was reiterated as Buy at Janney Capital Markets after earnings, and the firm established a fair value estimate of $138 per share (versus a $106.63 close).

Apache Corp. (NYSE: APA) was maintained as Outperform but the price target was cut to $77 from $82 at RBC Capital Markets.

AuRico Gold Inc. (NYSE: AUQ) was downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse.

Boulder Brands Inc. (NASDAQ: BDBD) was reiterated as Buy with an $11 price target (versus a $9.99 close) at Janney Capital Markets.

Coach Inc. (NYSE: COH) was raised to Buy from Hold at HSBC Securities.

Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc. (NYSE: DO) was downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform and the price target was cut to $24 from $30 (versus a $33.21 close) at FBR Capital Markets.

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Earthlink Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: ELNK) was raised to Hold from Underperform and the price target was raised to $5 from $3.75 (versus a $5.65 close) at Jefferies. Shares jumped from about $4.80 to over $5.50 this week after earnings.

Enable Midstream Partners L.P. (NYSE: ENBL) was raised to Outperform from Neutral with a price target of $21 (versus a $16.51 close) at Credit Suisse.

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) was raised to Buy from Underperform at Merrill Lynch. UBS raised it to Buy from Neutral as well.

General Growth Properties Inc. (NYSE: GGP) was raised to Outperform from Sector Perform with a price target of $32 (versus a $27.10 close) at RBC Capital Markets.

Lennar Corp. (NYSE: LEN) was raised to Overweight from Equal Weight with a $53 price target (versus a $46.47 close) at Barclays.

Magnum Hunter Resources Corp. (NYSE: MHR) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup.

Marathon Oil Corp. (NYSE: MRO) was raised to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo.

Micrel Inc. (NASDAQ: MCRL) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel, on the heels of a low-premium buyout by Microchip Technology. Wells Fargo also downgraded it to Market Perform from Outperform.

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Monster Beverage Corp. (NASDAQ: MNST) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman Sachs, and it was removed from the Conviction Buy List. Shares were indicated down almost 6% at $135.15 on Friday morning after Thursday’s earnings report.

Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) was raised to Buy from Neutral at UBS.

NVIDIA Corp. (NASDAQ: NVDA) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital.

TreeHouse Foods Inc. (NYSE: THS) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy and the price objective was cut to $77 at Merrill Lynch. The firm said the fundamental thesis is broken.

Two Harbors Investment Corp. (NYSE: TWO) was downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette & Woods.

Whirlpool Corp. (NYSE: WHR) was started as Outperform with a $210 price target (versus a $182.52 close) at RBC Capital Markets.

XTL Biopharmaceuticals Ltd. (NASDAQ: XTLB) was started as Buy with a $6.00 price target at H.C. Wainwright. What stands out here is that XTL closed at $2.02, against a 52-week range of $1.55 to $5.00.

In case you missed out on Thursday’s top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations, they included Advanced Micro Devices, 3D Systems, Tesla Motors, Whole Foods, Zynga, Chesapeake Energy, Walt Disney and over a dozen more.

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