Other key analyst calls were seen in the following:
Clovis Oncology Inc. (NASDAQ: CLVS) was raised to Overweight from Neutral with a $77 price target (versus a $58.42 close) at Piper Jaffray.
Estee Lauder Companies Inc. (NYSE: EL) was raised to Outperform from Perform with a $92 price target (versus an $82.01 close) at Oppenheimer.
International Paper Co. (NYSE: IP) was raised to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup.
Lincoln National Corp. (NYSE: LNC) was started with a Buy rating and assigned a $77 price target (versus a $69.01 prior close) at Citigroup.
Prudential Financial Inc. (NYSE: PRU) was started with a Neutral rating and assigned a $103 price target (versus a $107.36 close) at Citigroup.
Scientific Games Corp. (NASDAQ: SGMS) was raised to Buy from Underperform with a $20 price objective (versus a $17.00 close) at Merrill Lynch.
State Street Corp. (NYSE: STT) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus.
Varian Medical Systems Inc. (NYSE: VAR) was downgraded to Sell from Hold with an $81.50 price target at Evercore ISI. It closed up 2.3% at $92.42 on Wednesday but was indicated down 5.9% at $87.00 on Thursday after missing earnings expectations.
Voya Financial Inc. (NYSE: VOYA) was started with a Buy rating and assigned a $51 price target (versus a prior closing price of $40.80) at Citigroup.
Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE: WPZ) was started with a Neutral rating and given a $44 price target (versus a prior closing price of $40.95) at Credit Suisse.
Wednesday’s top analyst calls included Alcoa, AK Steel, CenturyLink, Coach, Hyatt, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airline, Transocean, Verizon Communication, Wal-Mart and many more.