Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Comerica, Dynegy, Newfield Exploration, NIKE, Oracle and Many More

AEGON N.V. (NYSE: AEG) was downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays.

American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc. (NYSE: AXL) was raised to Outperform from Sector Perform with a $16 price target (versus $13.77 close) at RBC Capital Markets.

Centene Corp. (NYSE: CNC) was raised to Overweight from Equal Weight with a $86 price target (versus $67.80 close) at Morgan Stanley.

Community Healthcare Trust Inc. (NYSE: CHCT) was reiterated as Buy and the fair value estimate was raised to $22 from $20 at Janney. The firm sees more upside given the Russell 2000 inclusion and its 7.5% yield.

Capital Bank Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: CBF) was started as Neutral and was assigned a $33.00 price target (versus $28.52 close) at Credit Suisse.

comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR) was down 19% at $23.83 on Tuesday after it still hasn’t filed financials. It was downgraded to Neutral from Positive and the price target was cut to $24 from $45 (versus $23.83 close) at Susquehanna.

Credit Suisse Group AG (NYSE: CS) was downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital Markets.

Esperion Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ESPR) was last seen down 33% at $10.76 on Wednesday after a regulatory setback on its cholesterol-lowering treatment. Esperion was downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital Markets.

Franklin Financial Network, Inc. (NYSE: FSB) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA Merrill Lynch.

ITT Corp. (NYSE: ITT) was started as Sector Weight at KeyBanc Capital Markets.

Lannett Co (NYSE: LCI) was started with a Hold rating and $26 price target (versus $23.75 close)at Deutsche Bank.

Matador Resources Company (NYSE: MTDR) was raised to Buy from Hold with a $25 price target (versus $20.07 close) at Stifel.

Proofpoint, Inc. (NASDAQ: PFPT) was started with a Buy rating and was assigned a $70 price target (versus $58.64 close) at Evercore ISI.

Synovus Financial Corp. (NYSE: SNV) was downgraded to a Neutral rating from Buy at Merrill Lynch. The most recent closing price was $27.99.

Texas Capital BancShares Inc. (NASDAQ: TCBI) was lowered to a Neutral rating by Merrill Lynch, after having recently closed at $43.24.

Zions Bancorporation (NASDAQ: ZION) was downgraded to an Underperform rating from Neutral. The stock last closed at $24.39.

RBC Capital Markets has said that several top biotechs are trading where the pipelines were given no market value at all, a long-term call option or harbinger.

Tuesday’s top analyst upgrades and downgrades were in CIGNA, Dow Chemical, Dupont, Rio Tinto, Tesla, Travelers and a dozen more companies.

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