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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Amazon, Ford, Gilead, Level 3, Sarepta, Western Digital, Whiting Petroleum and More

Jon C. Ogg

Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ALXN) was raised to Outperform from Market Perform with a $168 price target (versus a $142.53 close) at BMO Capital Markets.

Baidu Inc. (NASDAQ: BIDU) was up over 4% at $194.30 after stronger revenues than expected. Brean Capital raised its rating to Buy from Hold with a $235 price target. The consensus target price was $216.74, and the 52-week range is $100.00 to $217.97.

Bottomline Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: EPAY) was downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (NYSE: FCAU) was downgrade to Underperform at Merrill Lynch.

Gladstone Investment Corp. (GAIN) was resumed with a Neutral rating at Janney.

GNC Holdings Inc. (NYSE: GNC) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy and the price target was cut to $30 from $40 (versus a $25.32 close) at Goldman Sachs.

Great Western Bancorp Inc. (NYSE: GW) was reiterated as Buy and the price objective was raised to $355 (versus a $31.11 close) at Merrill Lynch.

Kilroy Realty Corp. (NYSE: KRC) was raised to Buy from Hold at Stifel.

Molina Healthcare Inc. (NYSE: MOH) was downgraded to Underperform at Merrill Lynch. UBS downgraded Molina to Neutral from Buy as well.


MPLX L.P. (NYSE: MPLX) was raised to Buy from Hold at Stifel, and Credit Suisse raised its rating to Outperform and raised its price target to $40 from $35 (versus a $32.16 close).

NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) was reiterated as Buy but the price target was raised to $130 from $112 (versus an $85.87 close) at Jefferies.

Oceaneering International Inc. (NYSE: OII) was raised to Buy from Neutral with a $40 price target (versus a $35.23 close) at Societe Generale.

Stericycle Inc. (NASDAQ: SRCL) was trading down 13% at $105.00 or so after missing earnings expectations, creating an analyst swarm. Stericycle was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel and was downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital Markets. It was maintained as Buy, but the price target was cut to $140 from $146 at Jefferies.

Tempur Sealy International Inc. (NYSE: TPX) was raised to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James.

UGI Corp. (NYSE: UGI) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney.

World Fuel Services Corp. (NYSE: INT) was downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse.

Thursday’s top analyst upgrades and downgrades included Facebook, First Solar, Hess, Texas Instruments, U.S. Steel, Vertex and over a dozen more.

Wednesday’s top analyst upgrades and downgrades included in Apple, Chipotle Mexican Grill, eBay, JetBlue Airways, Kraft Heinz, Twitter and more.