Actuant Corp. (NYSE: ATU) was raised to Outperform from Sector Perform with a price target of $29.00 (versus a $23.90 close) at RBC Capital Markets.
ARC Group Worldwide Inc. (NASDAQ: ARCW) was raised to Buy from Hold with a price target of $8.00 (versus a $5.83 close) at Canaccord Genuity. This maker of precision components, flanges, fittings and wireless equipment has a consensus price target of $10.80.
Benefitfocus Inc. (NASDAQ: BNFT) was raised to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair.
Darden Restaurants Inc. (NYSE: DRI) was raised to Outperform from Neutral with a price target raised to $77 from $69 (versus a $67.05 close) at Credit Suisse.
Digital Realty Trust Inc. (NYSE: DLR) was raised to Buy from Hold with a price target of $77.00 (versus a $65.20 close) at Canaccord Genuity.
Jacobs Engineering Group (NYSE: JEC) was started at Neutral by JPMorgan.
Masimo Corp. (NASDAQ: MASI) was raised to Strong Buy from Market Perform with a price target of $46.00 (versus a $36.71 close) at Raymond James.
Monster Beverage Corp. (NASDAQ: MNST) was raised to Buy from Neutral at UBS. Shares closed at $127.17, and the stock has a consensus price target of $149.07.
Quanta Services Inc. (NYSE: PWR) was started as Overweight with a price target of $35.00 (versus a $29.45 close) at JPMorgan.
Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holding Corp. (NASDAQ: TNXP) was started as Outperform with a price target of $18.00 (versus a $8.15 close) at Oppenheimer.
UDR Inc. (NYSE: UDR) was raised to Outperform from Market Perform with a price target of $35.50 (versus a $32.40 close) at Cowen.
Vical Inc. (NASDAQ: VICL) was started as Buy with a price target of $2.50 (versus a $1.47 close). This is after Roth Capital started it with a Buy rating and $4.65 price target just last week. Be advised that Vical has a checkered past.
Williams-Sonoma Inc. (NYSE: WSM) was raised to Outperform from Perform with a price target of $90.00 (versus a $79.23 close) at Oppenheimer.
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In case you missed Thursday’s top analyst upgrades and downgrades, they were in Chesapeake Energy, Rite Aid, Harley-Davidson, Toll Brothers, Transocean and over a dozen more companies.
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