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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Deckers Outdoor, Expedia, Intel, Juniper Networks, Pure Storage, Southwest Airlines, NXP Semiconductors and More

Southwest Airlines Inc. (NYSE: LUV) saw its price target raised to $66 from $63 at Cowen, and that compares with consensus price target for the low-cost airline leader of $61.47. The shares closed trading Thursday at $56.70 up almost 9%

Valero Energy Partners L.P. (NYSE: VLP) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mitsubishi UFJ. The 52-week trading range for the stock is $33.25 to $48.66, and the consensus price objective is set at $46.96. The stock closed Thursday at $41.67.

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

Autolus Therapeutics PLC (NASDAQ: AUTL) was started with a Neutral rating at Goldman Sachs with a $30 price target. That compares to a consensus target of $35. The stock closed trading on Thursday at $24.49.

Axalta Coatings Systems Ltd. (NYSE: AXTA) was raised to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan. The 52-week trading range for the shares is $27.77 to $38.20, and the consensus price target is $33.94. The stock closed Thursday at $30.36.

D.R. Horton Inc. (NYSE: DHI) was raised to Outperform from In-line at Evercore ISI. The stock has traded in a 52-week range of $34.06 to $53.52. The consensus price target is set at $54.50. The shares ended trading on Thursday at $43.84.

Meta Financial Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CASH) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley FBR, which lowered the price target to $100 from $132. The consensus price target is $126.75, and the stock closed Thursday at $96.95.

PPG Industries Inc. (NYSE: PPG) was downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James. Over the past year, the stock has traded between $100.36 at $122.02. The consensus price target is posted at $120.36. The stock closed Thursday at $110.66.

NCR Corp. (NYSE: NCR) was downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer after posting results in which the company missed revenue expectations and the fiscal 2018 guidance was cut. The 52-week trading range is $26 to $39.20, and the consensus price target is posted at $38.39. Shares traded down over 8% in the premarket action.

Newfield Exploration Co. (NYSE: NFX) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at SunTrust. The 52-week trading range is $22.72 to $35.20, and the consensus price target is set at $37.78. The stock closed Thursday at $28.19.

United Natural Foods Inc. (NASDAQ: UNFI) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim. The 52-week trading range is $32.52 to $52.69, and the consensus price target is $45.87. The shares ended Thursday at $34.48, down a massive 16% on the day.

In case you missed it, Thursday’s top analyst upgrades and downgrades included Dolby Labs, Facebook, Freeport-McMoRan, Gilead Sciences, GrubHub, Skechers and more.