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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Apple, Lululemon, Mondelez, Tintri, Under Armour, Yandex and More

Big Lots Inc. (NYSE: BIG) was raised to Buy from Hold with a $56 price target (versus a $47.56 close) at Deutsche Bank.

Byline Bancorp Inc. (NYSE: BY) was started with a Buy rating and assigned a $25 price objective at Merrill Lynch. The firm sees Byline as transitioning to a growth story with a high-quality deposit base and an improving return profile.

Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP) was reiterated as Buy and the price target was raised to $124 from $115 at Argus, and this is on the firm’s Focus List.

DSW Inc. (NYSE: DSW) was raised to Buy from Hold with a $21 price target (versus a $16.48 close) at Deutsche Bank.

e.l.f. Beauty Inc. (NYSE: ELF) was started with a Buy rating and assigned a $30 target price (versus a $25.40 close) at Citigroup.

Gladstone Commercial Corp. (NASDAQ: GOOD) was started with a Buy rating and assigned a $24 price target (versus a $20.27 close) at D.A. Davidson. Gladstone Commercial is one of the real estate investment trusts with a 7% yield as well, and its 52-week range is $16.02 to $23.35.

Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE: ITW) was reiterated as Buy and the price target was raised to $170 from $155 at Jefferies.

Lennar Corp. (NYSE: LEN) was reiterated as Buy and the price target was raised to $60 from $57 at Argus, noting that the boost is on Lennar’s higher earnings.

Power Integrations Inc. (NASDAQ: POWI) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank.

Ryanair Holdings PLC (NASDAQ: RYAAY) was raised to Buy from Hold at HSBC and the price target (in euros) was raised to €19.50 from €10.00, noting an established track record of underpromising on guidance and overdelivering on results. At $111.50 for its American depositary shares, Ryainair’s 52-week range is $67.56 to $115.97.

Werner Enterprises Inc. (NASDAQ: WERN) was raised to Neutral from Underperform at Merrill Lynch, and the price objective was raised to $32 from $30 based on its truckload utilization and rates scaling positive.

Wedbush Securities has raised its price targets on the three major cruise lines due to strong industry pricing: price target for Royal Caribbean is up from $117 to $125, and it remains on the Wedbush Best Ideas List; price target for Norwegian is up from $61 to $65; and its price target for Carnival is up from $66 to $67.

Despite the market getting expensive at all-time highs, there are five multiple analyst picks for safety among blue chips.

Oppenheimer has dropped coverage on shares of Office Depot, Pier 1, Staples and JC Penney.

Monday’s top analyst calls included Blue Apron, Boston Beer, Caterpillar, Goldman Sachs, Honeywell, Xerox and many more.

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