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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Hasbro, Johnson & Johnson, Mattel, MetLife, United Rentals, UTC, Williams and More

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.