Akamai Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM) was downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman Sachs.
Autodesk Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) was downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital Markets. Canaccord Genuity said that it is keeping its Hold rating but could upgrade Autodesk to Buy if an activist mysteriously appears.
Barclays PLC (NYSE: BCS) was downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley.
Diageo PLC (NYSE: DEO) was raised to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
El Paso Electric Co. (NYSE: EE) was downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies.
Express Inc. (NYSE: EXPR) was downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman Sachs.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. (NYSE: HPE) was started as Neutral at R.W. Baird.
Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HLT) was started as Outperform with a $32 price target at FBR Capital Markets.
Mentor Graphics (NASDAQ: MENT) was downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
Restoration Hardware Holdings Inc. (NYSE: RH) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy and the price target was cut to $98 from $120 (versus a $90.26 close) at Goldman Sachs.
Trimble Navigation Ltd. (NASDAQ: TRMB) was raised to Buy from Neutral with a $26 price target (versus a $22.17 close) at Goldman Sachs.
UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) was maintained as Buy at Mizuho Securities, but the earnings warnings and threat to leave the individual exchanges took the price target down to $130 from $155.
In case you missed Thursday’s analyst upgrades and downgrades, they included Keurig Green Mountain, ON Semiconductor, Salesforce.com, Sunoco, Walt Disney, Wendy’s and about a dozen more companies.