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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Analog Devices, Intel, Oracle, Royal Dutch Shell, Twitter, Under Armour, Whiting Petroleum and More

Ameresco Inc. (NYSE: AMRC) was started as Outperform at Oppenheimer.

American Equity Investment Life Holding Co. (NYSE: AEL) was started as Buy with a $29.00 price target (versus a $24.37 close) at Citigroup.

Arthur J. Gallagher& Co. (NYSE: AJG) was started as Outperform at Wells Fargo.

Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. (NYSE: AXTA) was started as Outperform with a price target of $34.00 (versus a $26.66 close) at RBC Capital Markets.

Celanese Corp. (NYSE: CE) was started as Sector Perform at RBC Capital Markets.

Cepheid (NASDAQ: CPHD) was downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James.

Diplomat Pharmacy Inc. (NYSE: DPLO) was raised to Neutral from Underperform at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Eastman Chemical Co. (NYSE: EMN) was started as Outperform with an $88.00 price target (versus a $70.89 close) at RBC Capital Markets.

Encana Corp. (NYSE: ECA) was started as Buy and was assigned a $12.00 price target (versus an $8.39 close) at Deutsche Bank.

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Fifth Third Bancorp (NASDAQ: FITB) was maintained as Buy at Janney Capital Markets, but the firm lowered its earnings estimates and lowered its fair value estimate to $23 from $24 in the call.

Heartware International Inc. (NASDAQ: HTWR) was raised to Neutral from Sell at Goldman Sachs, but the price target was cut to $42.00 from $67.00 (versus a $35.21 close).

Key Energy Services Inc. (NYSE: KEG) was downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at R.W. Baird. This is already a $0.69 stock, so interest has faded considering its 52-week range of $0.42 to $4.13.

Mallinckrodt PLC (NYSE: MNK) was started as Outperform and was assigned an initial $92.00 price target (versus a $64.99 close) at Northland.

Microsemi Corp. (NASDAQ: MSCC) was started with a Buy rating and was assigned a $42.00 price target (versus a $34.59 close) at Mizuho Securities.

Prima Biomed Ltd. (NASDAQ: PBMD) was started as Buy with a $3.00 price target (versus a $1.22 close) at H.C. Wainwright.

RLJ Lodging Trust (NYSE: RLJ) was downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo.

RPM International Inc. (NYSE: RPM) was started as Sector Perform with a $47.00 (versus a $44.00 close) at RBC Capital Markets.

SAP A.G. (NYSE: SAP) was raised to Buy from Hold at HSBC Securities.

Taubman Centers Inc. (NYSE: TCO) was raised to Outperform from Neutral with a $95.00 price target (versus a $72.50 prior target and a $73.44 close) at Cowen.

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WPX Energy Inc. (NYSE: WPX) was started as Outperform and was assigned a $14.00 price target (versus an $8.34 close) at Imperial Capital.

In case you missed Tuesday’s top analyst upgrades and downgrades, they included CenturyLink, JetBlue AIrways, Level 3 Communications, Netflix, PulteGroup, United Technologies, VMware and Whiting Petroleum.

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