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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Celgene, Continental Resources, Hess, Renewable Energy, US Bancorp, Zynga and Many More

Akamai Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM) was downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Robert W. Baird.

Anheuser-Busch InBev S.A./N.V. (NYSE: BUD) was reiterated as Buy and the American depositary share price target was raised to $132 from $120 at Jefferies.

Estee Lauder Companies Inc. (NYSE: EL) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Soc-Gen.

IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ: IACI) was raised to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim.

Maximus Inc. (NYSE: MMS) was downgraded to Hold from Buy and the price target was cut to $63 from $64 (versus a $61.39 close) at Jefferies.

Mindbody Inc. (NASDAQ: MB) was downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at Pacific Crest.

National CineMedia Inc. (NASDAQ: NCMI) was downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform by FBR Capital Markets, and JPMorgan lowered its rating to Neutral from Overweight.

Neurocrine Biosciences Inc. (NASDAQ: NBIX) was started as Buy and assigned a price target of $70 (versus a $53.63 close) at Merrill Lynch.

Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY) was raised to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank.

Regal-Beloit Corp. (NYSE: RBC) was raised to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer.

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: REGN) was raised to Buy from Hold at Canaccord Genuity, and Oppenheimer maintained a Perform rating but talked up the company. Shares were up 6.7% at $434.31 on Thursday and were indicated up almost 1% more on Friday morning.

Speedway Motorsports Inc. (NYSE: TRK) was raised to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie.

Stericycle Inc. (NASDAQ: SRCL) was downgraded to Underperform from Neutral with a $73 price target at Robert W. Baird.

Targa Resources Corp. (NYSE: TRGP) was down 11% at $48.91 on Thursday but was indicated up 0.5% at $49.14 on Friday. Targa was raised to Strong Buy from an already positive Outperform at Raymond James, and the price target is $55.

Verisk Analytics Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSK) was raised to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie.

Viavi Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAV) was raised to Buy from Hold and the price target was raised to $14 from $9.50 (versus a $10.86 close) at Jefferies.

Yum China Holdings Inc. (NYSE: YUMC) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman Sachs. The stock was down 1.6% at $34.50 on Thursday’s close, in a 52-week range of $23.79 to $35.57.

Thursday’s top analyst calls included Facebook, First Solar, Garmin, HollyFrontier, Regions Financial, Square and over a dozen more companies.

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