Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: American Express, Dynegy, BP, Goldman Sachs, Kinder Morgan, Select Comfort and More

Analog Devices Inc. (NASDAQ: ADI) was started as Outperform with a $72 price target at CLSA.

Anheuser-Busch InBev S.A./N.V. (NYSE: BUD) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Societe Generale.

Assurant Inc. (NYSE: AIZ) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Merrill Lynch.

Emcore Corp. (NASDAQ: EMR) was started as Buy with a $7.50 price target (versus a $5.50 close) at Dougherty.

Expedia Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) was raised to Overweight from Sector Weight at Pacific Crest. Susquehanna started it as Positive with a $160 price target.

Mid-America Apartment Communities Inc. (NYSE: MAA) was raised to Buy from Hold and the price target was raised to $113 from $109 (versus a $91.32 close) at Jefferies.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) was raised to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim.

Senior Housing Properties Trust (NYSE: SNH) was downgraded to Hold from Buy and the price target was cut to $23 from $25 (versus a $21.85 close) at Jefferies.

Ventas Inc. (NYSE: VTR) was raised to Buy and the price target was raised to $75 from $65 (versus a $67.95 close) at Jefferies.

The Federal Reserve’s Beige Book report is quite a boring yet important read. We broke the entire economy down into just 14 quick hit points after that release. We also broke out the energy-rich region to show how things are progressing and recovering in the oil patch.

Wednesday’s top analyst upgrades and downgrades were in DuPont, GoDaddy, Intel, Pandora Media, Wells Fargo, Western Refining and over a dozen more companies.

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