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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Brookdale, Dish, Groupon, Infinera, Medtronic, Pier 1, Tupperware, Yum and More

Stocks were looking for direction on Thursday, but while lower early on they were considerably off the lows. Investors have signaled over and over that they will buy the top stocks on weakness. With this in mind, 24/7 Wall St. reviews dozens of analyst research reports each morning of the week. The goal is to find new investing and trading ideas for our readers. Some analyst calls cover stocks to buy and some cover stocks to sell. These are this Thursday’s top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations.

Actuant Corp. (NYSE: ATU) was raised to Neutral from Underweight and the price target was raised to $21 from $14 (versus a $21.69 prior close) at JPMorgan.

Acuity Brands Inc. (NYSE: AYI) was maintained as Buy with a $211 price target at Canaccord Genuity, following its earnings results.

Air Products & Chemicals Inc. (NYSE: APD) was raised to Buy from Neutral and its price target was raised to $154 from $150 (versus a $134.17 close) at Goldman Sachs.

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBY) was started as Hold with a $63 price target (versus a $58.94 close) at...