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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Cardinal Health, Monster Beverage, PayPal, Viacom, Verizon, Wal-Mart and More

Verizon Inc. (NYSE: VZ) was raised to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo. The 52-week trading range for the telecommunication giant is $42.80 to $54.23. The consensus price target for the company is set at $50.45. Verizon ended the day Friday at $45.42.

WalMart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) was downgraded from Buy to Neutral at Goldman Sachs. After an outstanding run this year, the analysts cite valuation at current levels as the reason for the downgrade. Shares of Wal-Mart are up 41 percent year to date through Friday versus the S&P 500’s 15 percent return. The 52-week trading range is $65.28 to $100.13, and the consensus price target is $98.45. The stock closed Friday at $97.47.

Other key analysts upgrades and downgrades were seen in the following:

Aethlon Medical Inc. NASDAQ: AEMD) was started with a Buy rating at H.C. Wainwright.The 52-week trading range is $0.79 to $5.17. The consensus price target is posted at a stunning $26. That is surprising given the shares closed Friday at $0.97.

Crocs Inc. (NASDAQ: CROX) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at CL Kinc. The 52-week trading range for the shares is $5.93 to $10.86. The stock closed Friday at $10.71.

Genco Shipping and Trading Limited (NYSE: GNK) was started with an Outperform rating at Evercore ISI. The 52-week trading range is $6.37 to $14.99, and the consensus price target on Wall Street is posted at $16.23. The stock closed trading on Friday at $10.66.

Jack In The Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK) was downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Wedbush. The 52-week trading range for the fast food company is $90.89 to $113.30. The consensus price target for the stock is posted at $111.27. The shares closed Friday at $105.53.

Live Nation Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: LYV) was downgraded to In-line from Outperform at Evercore ISI. The 52-week trading range for the company is $26.41 to $46.33. The consensus price target on Wall Street is $46.50. The stock closed Friday at $45.34.

National Beverage Inc. (NASDAQ: FIZZ) was raised to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna. The 52-week trading range is $45.40 to $129.82. The consensus price target for the company is set at a surprising $78. The stock closed trading on Friday at $102.23.

Summit Hotel Properties Inc. (NYSE: INN) was downgraded from Buy to Neutral at Janney. The 52-week trading range is $13.94 to $19.23. The consensus price target is set at $17. The stock closed trading on Friday at $15.32.

Prothena Inc. (NASDAQ: PRTA) was downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Wedbush. The 52-week trading range for the stock is $45.13 to $70. The consensus price target is set at $78.07. The shares closed trading on Friday at $51.93, down over 5%.

In case you missed it, here are last Friday’s Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades. They included Buffalo Wild Wings, Gap, Hain Celestial, PayPal, Salesforce.com, Splunk and more.