Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Amazon, Barrick Gold, Boston Scientific, Chipotle, Gap, Gilead, Goldcorp, Workday and More

AxoGen Inc. (NASDAQ: AXGN) was started with a Buy rating and assigned a $35 price target (versus a $25.70 close) at Jefferies. The firm feels that Axogen is one of the best growth stories in med-tech and that it is targeting the underserved nerve repair market for a $2.2 billion opportunity.

DENTSPLY International Inc. (NASDAQ: XRAY) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy with a $68 price target (versus a $68.36 close) at H.C. Wainwright.

Eaton Vance Corp. (NYSE: EV) was started as Neutral with a $49 target price at Credit Suisse.

Federated Investors Inc. (NYSE: FII) was started as Neutral with a $25 price target at Credit Suisse.

HCA Healthcare Inc. (NYSE: HCA) was raised to Overweight from Neutral and the price target was raised to $96 from $75 at JPMorgan. The stock was up 2.6% at $80.14 on Wednesday and indicated up 4.4% at $83.70.

Hecla Mining Co. (NYSE: HL) was raised to Buy from Neutral with a $5 price target (versus a $3.73 close) at B. Riley. Hecla has a 52-week range of $3.63 to $6.78, and its consensus target price was higher at $5.59 ahead of the call.

Melinta Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: MLNT) was raised to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg Thalmann. Shares closed up 1.3% at $15.20 on Wednesday and were indicated up 7.2% at $16.30 on Thursday.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NASDAQ: NCLH) was downgraded to Underperform from Neutral with a $47 price target (versus a $55.29 close) at Macquarie.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE: RCL) was downgraded to Neutral from Outperform with a $120 price target (versus a $124.70 close) at Macquarie.

Universal Display Corp. (NASDAQ: OLED) was started as Outperform with a $225 price target (versus a $179.65 close) at Evercore ISI. It was down 3.4% at $179.65 on Wednesday but was indicated up 1.6% at $182.50, but investors should keep in mind that the 52-week range is $53.05 to $192.75 and its consensus analyst target was $165.71.

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Wednesday’s top analyst calls included Allergan, Autodesk, Home Depot, Marvell, Qualcomm, UnitedHealth, Walmart and many more.

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