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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Acadia Pharma, Broadcom, CBOE, Etsy, Gap, GE, Home Depot, Lowe's, Oracle, Slack and More

Kirkland’s Inc. (NASDAQ: KIRK) was named as the Zacks Bear of the Day stock. The firm said that this home decor retailer has lowered its guidance twice this year. Shares last closed at $1.52, with a consensus price target of $2.70.

Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) was reiterated as Neutral at Credit Suisse after earnings. UBS reiterated its Neutral rating as well, but the firm raised its target to $26 from $25. The 52-week trading range is $20.70 to $31.98.

Lowe’s Companies Inc. (NYSE: LOW) was reiterated as Buy and its target price was raised to $137 from $122 at Citigroup. The 52-week trading range is $84.75 to $118.23.

Oracle Corp. (NYSE: ORCL) was reiterated as Buy with a target price of $68 (versus a $53.89 close) at Argus. The independent research firm does worry that the absence of Mark Hurd will be felt even if co-CEO Safra Catz and founder and CTO Larry Ellison are certainly capable executives. The 52-week trading range is $42.40 to $60.50.

PayPal Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: PYPL) was maintained as Buy at Merrill Lynch, but the firm cut its price objective to $127 from $131 in the call. Shares closed up almost 3% at $107.10, and the consensus target price was $126.83.

Royal Gold Inc. (NASDAQ: RGLD) was named as the Bull of the Day at Zacks, which said that this stock is a way to capitalize on rising gold and silver prices without actually owning mining stocks. Shares most recently closed at $123.13, with a consensus price target of $119.92.

Shilo Industries Inc. (NASDAQ: SHLO) was raised to Neutral from Underperform at Merrill Lynch.

Slack Technologies Inc. (NYSE: WORK) was started as Neutral with a $26 target price at Mizuho.

Tocagen Inc. (NASDAQ: TOCA) closed down over 77% at $0.93 on Thursday, and Citigroup downgraded it to Neutral from Buy and cut its target to $1 from $20. The 52-week trading range is $0.73 to $15.80.

Janney has revisited its industrials and chemicals picks with the S&P 500 back over 3,000. The firm currently recommends purchases of Mueller Water Products, Xylem, Rexnord and Quaker Houghton, as they all are said to have favorable valuations and the ability to adapt to changing end-market conditions in the current macroeconomic environment. Its two Neutral-rated names are IDEX and Watts Water Technologies, based on full valuations.

Thursday’s top analyst upgrades and downgrades included AbbVie, Ally Financial, Anthem, Caterpillar, CVS Health, Deere, Oracle, PayPal, Rite Aid, Square, Uber Technologies, UnitedHealth and many more.

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