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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Equifax, Mallinckrodt, Nabors, Qualcomm, Salesforce, Snap and More

Accenture PLC (NYSE: ACN) was started with a Buy rating and assigned a $165 price target (versus a $143.50 close) at Pivotal Research.

Acorda Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: ACOR) was started as Buy with a $35 price target (versus a $27.50 close) at H.C. Wainwright.

Amplify Snack Brands Inc. (NASDAQ: BETR) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey.

The Andersons Inc. (NASDAQ: ANDE) was down 6.5% at $34.30 after earnings on Tuesday, and shares were indicated another 1% lower on Wednesday. The stock was downgraded to Neutral from Buy with a $30 price target at Buckingham Research.

Assembly Biosciences Inc. (NYSE: ASMB) was started as Buy and assigned a $50 price target (versus a $32.42 close) at Jefferies. Assembly was said to be a best-in-class hepatitis-B drug player with clear M&A potential.

Chubb Ltd. (NYSE: CB) was Raised to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.

Cornerstone OnDemand Inc. (NASDAQ: CSOD) was raised to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan.

e.l.f. Beauty Inc. (NYSE: ELF) was downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray.

Gartner Inc. (NYSE: IT) was started with a Buy rating and assigned a $146 price target (versus a $117.75 close) at Goldman Sachs.

IHS Markit Ltd. (NASDAQ: INFO) was started with a Buy rating and assigned a $55 price target (versus a $43.43 close) at Goldman Sachs.

Omeros Corp. (NASDAQ: OMER) was started as Buy and assigned a $30 price target (versus a $14.08 close) at H.C. Wainwright.

OneMain Holdings Inc. (NYSE: OMF) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy with a $30 price target (versus a $27.81 close) at Merrill Lynch.

Sally Beauty Holdings Inc. (NYSE: SBH) was downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight with a $15 price target (versus a $17.07 close) Morgan Stanley. The 52-week range is $16.36 to $30.17. The consensus target price is $20.90.

Supernus Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: SUPN) was raised to Buy from Hold with a $47 price target (versus a $36.40 close) at Stifel.

Synaptics Inc. (NASDAQ: SYNA) was maintained as Buy but the price target was cut to $59 from $68 (versus a $36.22 close) at Stifel. Synaptics was down 1% on Tuesday, and its post-earnings reaction had shares up 11.5% at $40.40 on Wednesday.

Verisk Analytics Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSK) was started as Neutral at Goldman Sachs.

Virtu Financial Inc. (NASDAQ: VIRT) was raised to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup.

In addition, Jefferies has four oil and gas stocks it wants investors to own for higher energy prices in 2018.

Five companies may be huge winners from tax reform and tax cuts.

Credit Suisse has issued its preliminary eight new number-one list picks for 2018.

Tuesday’s top analyst calls included Altice USA, CVS Health, Exxon, Lowe’s, T-Mobile, Sprint, Under Armour and over a dozen more.

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