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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: AMC, Alkermes, Echostar, Kohls, L Brands, US Bancorp, Sarepta Therapeutics and More

U.S. Bancorp Inc. (NYSE: USB) was raised to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup. The 52-week range for the stock is $49.03 to $58.80. The consensus price target is $58.56, and the stock closed trading on Thursday at $51.17.

Sarepta Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: SRPT) was raised to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays. The 52-week trading range for the biotech company is a wide $28.82 to $92.98. The consensus price target is posted at $88.47. The stock closed Thursday at $90.32, but it traded 2% higher in Friday’s premarket action.

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

Choice Hotels International Inc. (NYSE: CHH) was downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo. The 52-week trading range is $59.60 to $85.50. The consensus price objective is $81.89. The stock closed trading Thursday at $83.20, so a possible valuation call.

Cision Ltd. (NASDAQ: CISN) was started with an Outperform rating and a $16 price target at BMO Capital Markets. The consensus target is higher at $19. The 52-week trading range is $10 to $14.19. The shares closed on Thursday at $13.48.

Coty Inc. (NYSE: COTY) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Deutsche Bank. The 52-week trading range is $14.09 to $21.68. The consensus price target is $20.16. The shares ended trading Thursday at $14.50.

Dexcom Inc. (NASDAQ: DXCM) was started with a Buy rating and a $100 price objective at Merrill Lynch. The consensus target is much lower at $82.55. The 52-week trading range is $42.62 to $88.09, and shares ended trading on Thursday at $84.56.


Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE: JEC) was raised to Buy from Neutral at Merrill Lynch. The 52-week trading range is $49.31 to $72.18. The consensus price target is set at $73.21. The stock ended trading Thursday at $63.76.

Lincoln National Inc. (NYSE: LNC) was resumed in coverage at Barclays with an Overweight rating and an $88 price target. The consensus target is $86.62, and the 52-week trading range is $63.10 to $86.68. The shares ended Thursday at $67.68.

Mercer International Inc. (NASDAQ: MERC) was raised to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse. The 52-week trading range for the stock is $10.45 to $15.00. The consensus price target is $17.50, and shares closed on Thursday at $14.55.

Presidio Inc. (NASDAQ: PSDO) was downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital Markets, as well as to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo. On Thursday, the company reported earnings that obviously came in disappointing. The 52-week trading range is $12.75 to $19.74, and the consensus price target is $18. The shares closed Thursday at $15.45.

TriCo Bancshares Inc. (NASDAQ: TCBK) was started with a Buy rating and a $43 price target at Stephens. That compares with the consensus target of $43.40. The 52-week trading range is $33.36 to $46.80. Shares closed Thursday at $37.32.

In case you missed it, Tuesday’s top analyst upgrades and downgrades included Andeavor, Cimarex Energy, Groupon, Macy’s, Marathon Petroleum, Match Group, Republic Services and many more.