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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Exxon Mobil, International Paper, JC Penney, Lululemon, Ulta Salon and More

AGNC Investment Corp. (NASDAQ: AGNC) was downgraded to Neutral from Outperform with a $19.50 price target (versus an $18.09 close) at Credit Suisse.

Athenahealth Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHN) was started with a Buy rating and assigned a $130 price target (versus a $92.41 close) at Dougherty.

CBOE Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: CBOE) was raised to Overweight from Neutral and the price target was raised to $84 from $78 at JPMorgan.

Forward Air Corp. (NASDAQ: FWRD) was downgraded to Neutral from Outperform with a $49 price target (versus a $48.32 close) at Robert W. Baird.

Hubspot Inc. (NASDAQ: HUBS) was started as Outperform and was given a $70 price target at Oppenheimer.

Pacira Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: PCRX) was started as Neutral and assigned a $31 fair value estimate (versus a $30.55 close) at Janney.

Square Inc. (NYSE: SQ) was upgraded to Buy from Hold and the price target was raised to $17 from $13 at Deutsche Bank.

Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. (NYSE: SXL) was raised to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital Markets.

Verifone Systems Inc. (NYSE: PAY) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel.

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Thursday’s top analyst upgrades and downgrades included Alcoa, Deere, Ford, GM, McDonald’s, Wells Fargo, BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and over a dozen more.

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