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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Barrick Gold, Blackstone, Chesapeake Energy, Dollar Tree, Intel, Qualcomm, Sirius XM, TI, Vale and More

Huntsman Corp. (NYSE: HUN) was started as Equal Weight and assigned a $30 price target (versus a $28.21 close) at Morgan Stanley.

Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC) was downgraded to Underperform from In-Line at Raymond James. Intel closed up 0.5% at $46.91 on Monday. The 52-week range is $37.00 to $57.60. The consensus target price is $55.81.

Landec Corp. (NASDAQ: LDC) was started as Buy and assigned an $18 price target (versus a $13.45 close) at Roth Capital.

Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) was started as Sector Weight at KeyBanc Capital Markets, and Raymond James downgraded it to Market Perform from Outperform. Shares closed up 0.5% at $82.30 on Monday, in a 52-week range of $78.33 to $104.20. The consensus target price was last seen at $113.31.

Nightstar Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: NITE) was reiterated as Outperform and the price target was raised to $36 from $31 (versus a $25.50 close) at Wedbush Securities.

ON Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: ON) was started as Sector Weight at KeyBanc Capital Markets, and Raymond James lowered its rating to Market Perform from Outperform. The most recent close at $19.10 compares with a 52-week range of $17.60 to $27.10 and a consensus target price of $27.34.

Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) was started as Sector Weight at KeyBanc Capital Markets as well. Shares closed up 0.2% at $73.58 on Monday. The consensus target price is $71.86, and the 52-week range is $48.56 to $76.50.

Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI) shares were down 10.3% at $6.26 on Monday after it announced the takeover of Pandora. Credit Suisse downgraded Sirius XM to Neutral from Outperform with a $7.50 price target.

Tenaris S.A. (NYSE: TS) was raised to Buy from Underperform with a $40 price objective at Merrill Lynch. It closed up 0.9% at $32.99 on Monday, in a 52-week range of $25.91 to $40.64. The consensus target price is $40.48.

Texas Instruments Inc. (NASDAQ: TXN) was started as Sector Weight at KeyBanc Capital Markets. The stock closed down 0.2% at $109.80 on Monday, in a 52-week range of $87.45 to $120.75. The consensus target price is $124.70.

Vale S.A. (NYSE: VALE) was downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie. Shares closed down 1.8% at $14.79 on Monday. The 52-week range is $9.53 to $15.24. The consensus target price is $15.84.

Wendy’s Co. (NASDAQ: WEN) was started with a Buy rating and assigned a $20 price target (versus a $17.32 close) at BTIG.

Monday’s top analyst calls were in shares of Abbott Laboratories, Avon Products, Caesars Entertainment, Comcast, Rowan, UnitedHealth, Vonage and many more.