Etsy Inc. (NASDAQ: ETSY) was started with a Buy rating and a $55 target price (versus a $41.98 close) at SunTrust.
Gilead Sciences Inc. (NASDAQ: GILD) was downgraded to Underperform from Neutral and the target price was lowered to $63 from $67 (versus a $67.63 close) at Credit Suisse. Gilead had a $78.29 consensus target price ahead of the cut, and its shares were indicated down almost 1% at $67.00 on Friday morning.
Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE: HBI) was downgraded to Underperform from Neutral and the price objective was lowered to $13 from $16 at Merrill Lynch.
MPLX L.P. (NYSE: MPLX) was started with a Hold rating and $28 target price (versus a $25.23 close) at SunTrust.
Neurocrine Biosciences Inc. (NASDAQ: NBIX) was downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse.
NextEra Energy Inc. (NYSE: NEE) was reiterated as Buy with a $245 price target (versus a $233.90 close) at Mizuho.
Oil States International Inc. (NYSE: OIS) was downgraded to Underweight from Neutral with a $12 target price (versus a $17.61 close) at JPMorgan.
Oracle Corp. (NYSE: ORCL) closed up 0.3% at $56.47 on Thursday and was last seen trading down 2.4% at $55.15 after earnings. Wedbush reiterated it as Neutral with a $56 target price. Barclays maintained its Equal Weight rating but trimmed its target price to $60 from $61.
Patterson-UTI Energy Inc. (NASDAQ: PTEN) was downgraded to Underweight from Neutral with a $6 target price (versus a $10.38 close) at JPMorgan.
PulteGroup Inc. (NYSE: PHM) was named as the Bull of the Day at Zacks, which said that 2020 should be another strong year for the homebuilders. Shares most recently closed at $39.63 and have a consensus price target of $41.36.
Restaurant Brands International Inc. (NYSE: QSR) was started as Hold with a $68 price target (versus a $66.43 close) at Stifel.
Sarepta Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: SRPT) was reiterated as Buy and the target price was raised to $175 from $160 at Janney. Shares closed down about 1% at $100.47 on Thursday, but they were indicated up over 31% at $132.00 after the FDA approved its muscular dystrophy drug.
Snap Inc. (NYSE: SNAP) was raised to Outperform from Market Perform with a $20 target price (versus a $14.45 close) at JMP Securities.
Teladoc Health Inc. (NYSE: TDOC) was started with an Equal Weight rating and an $80 target price (versus a $77.05 close) at Barclays.
Wayfair Inc. (NYSE: W) was started with a Hold rating and $96 target price (versus an $88.75 close) at SunTrust.
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Thursday’s top analyst upgrades and downgrades included Autodesk, Bausch Health, Charles Schwab, Darden Restaurants, Garmin, GE, Home Depot, Kroger, Merit Medical, Starbucks and many more.