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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: AMD, Biogen, Capital One, Intuit, Jinko Solar, Micron, Albermarle, Alnylam and More

Albemarle Corp. (NYSE: ALB) was reiterated as Buy and the price target was raised to $156 from $144 (versus a $136.08 close) at Jefferies. The firm raised its 2018 to 2021 forecast on a higher lithium demand view.

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ALNY) was up big on Wednesday, with its shares rocketing up over 51% to $113.84, and its new 52-week range is $31.38 to $116.93. Leerink maintained a Market Perform rating but raised its target to $112 from $72.

Brighthouse Financial Inc. (NYSE: BHF) was started with a Hold rating at Argus.

Catalent Inc. (NYSE: CTLT) was raised to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.

Entergy Corp. (NYSE: ETR) was raised to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley.

Eversource Energy (NYSE: ES) was maintained as Buy with a $71 fair value estimate (versus a $61.48 close) at Janney.

EXACT Sciences Corp. (NASDAQ: EXAS) was reiterated as Outperform but the price target was raised to $50 from $45 (versus a $43.40 close) at Leerink.

GeoPark Ltd. (NYSE: GPRK) was started with a Buy rating and was assigned an $11.50 price target (versus an $8.29 close) at Canaccord Genuity. GeoPark is thinly traded and is an oil and gas exploration and production outfit with reserves in Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Peru and Argentina.

Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE: HBI) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy with a $26 price target (versus a $24.71 close) at Instinet (Nomura).

JAKKS Pacific Inc. (NASDAQ: JAKK) was up 11.5% at $3.15 on Wednesday but the company said it expects a loss in 2017 due to the Toys “R” Us bankruptcy. JAKKS was downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at D.A. Davidson, and it has a 52-week range of $2.68 to $9.15.

Magellan Midstream Partners L.P. (NYSE MMP) was raised to Buy from Neutral with an $82 price target (versus a $70.24 close) at Citigroup. It also has close to a 5% yield-equivalent from its distribution.

OceanFirst Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: OCFC) was started with a Buy rating and assigned a $31 target price (versus a $26.01 close) at D.A. Davidson.

Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (NYSE: PEG) was raised to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.

PRA Group Inc. (NASDAQ: PRAA), formerly Portfolio Recovery Associates, was downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James.

Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (NYSE: PEG) was raised to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.

Sealed Air Corp. (NYSE: SEE) was raised to Buy from Neutral with a $48 price objective (versus a $41.87 close) at Merrill Lynch.

Terex Corp. (NYSE: TEX) was downgraded to Hold from Buy with a $43 price target (versus a $43.81 close) at Deutsche Bank.

United Rentals Inc. (NYSE: URI) was reiterated as Buy with a $150 price target (versus a $130.74 close) at Jefferies.

USG Corp. (NYSE: USG) was downgraded to In-Line from Outperform with a $32 price target (versus a $31.26 close) at Evercore ISI.

Wednesday’s top analyst calls included Biogen, Electronic Arts, Gap, Intuit, Johnson & Johnson, 3M, AutoZone and many more.

By Jon C. Ogg


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