Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Best Buy, Dollar General, Intuit, McDonald's, P&G, Symantec, China Telecom and More

Audentes Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: BOLD) was started as Buy with a $23 price objective at Merrill Lynch, noting that the company is well positioned with a focus on gene therapy for rare diseases. Wedbush Securities started it as Outperform with a $20 price target.

Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc. (NYSE: BFAM) was raised to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.

Equity Commonwealth (NYSE: EQC) was raised to Buy from Neutral with a $33 price objective.

Freshpet Inc. (NASDAQ: FRPT) was downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Wedbush Securities, but the price target was raised to $11 from $10 (versus a $10.59 close).

Patheon Holdings (NYSE: PTHN) was started as Outperform at William Blair. It was started as Overweight with a $31 price target at Morgan Stanley, and started as Overweight with a $30 price target at JPMorgan. It was started as Outperform with a $32 price target at Robert W. Baird. Piper Jaffray started it as Overweight.

SL Green Realty Corp. (NYSE: SLG) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI.

There were nine analyst picks under $10 for massive upside in the week of August 12.

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Friday’s top analyst upgrades and downgrades included Air Products, Akamai, Alibaba, BlackBerry, Consolidated Edison, InvenSense, Under Armour and over a dozen more.

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