Athene Holding Ltd. (NYSE: ATH) was raised to Outperform from Market Perform and the target price was raised to $58 from $56 (versus a $49.99 close) at Keefe Bruyette & Woods.
Cognex Corp. (NASDAQ: CGNX) was started as Buy with a $95 price target (versus an $83.95 close) at Goldman Sachs.
Dover Corp. (NYSE: DOV) was raised to Overweight from Equal Weight and the target price was raised to $90 from $85 at Morgan Stanley.
Ellie Mae Inc. (NYSE: ELLI) was raised to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair.
Extra Space Storage Inc. (NYSE: EXR) was raised to In-Line from Underperform at Evercore ISI.
Forward Pharma A.S. (NASDAQ: FWP) was downgraded to Hold at Jefferies.
Granite Construction Inc. (NYSE: GVA) was raised to Buy from Neutral at Goldman Sachs.
HCP Inc. (NYSE: HCP) was raised to Buy from Neutral by Merrill Lynch.
Interactive Brokers Group Inc. (NASDAQ: IBKR) was downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo.
J. Jill Inc. (NYSE: JILL) was started with a Buy rating and assigned a $17 price target (versus a $14.10 close) at Jefferies. Morgan Stanley started it as Overweight with a $15 target, and Deutsche Bank started it as Buy with a $16 target.
Meritage Homes Corp. (NYSE: MTH) was raised to Market Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities.
ReWalk Robotics Ltd. (NASDAQ: RWLK) was downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight and the price target was cut to $1.50 from $2.50 (versus a $2.10 close) at Barclays.
SunTrust Banks Inc. (NYSE: STI) was raised to Buy from Hold and the price target was raised to $63 from $58 (versus a $55.30 close) at Jefferies.
Tenneco Inc. (NYSE: TEN) was started with a Buy rating and assigned a $71 price target (versus a $62.42 close) at Goldman Sachs.
Friday’s top analyst upgrades and downgrades included Aerojet Rocketdyne, Alcoa, Amazon.com, ArcelorMittal, Corning, Intel, Vale, AMD and over a dozen more.
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