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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Activision, Aetna, Apple, Blue Apron, Pandora, Starbucks, Twitter, YogaWorks and More

BenefitFocus Inc. (NASDAQ: BNFT) was downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair.

Bluebird Bio Inc. (NASDAQ: BLUE) was raised to Equal Weight from Underweight with a $151 price target (versus a $154.05 close) at Morgan Stanley.

Bruker Corp. (NASDAQ: BRKR) was down 1.8% at $31.30 before beating earnings. It was raised to Neutral from Underperform with a $34 price objective at Merrill Lynch. JPMorgan raised it to Neutral from Underweight with a $28 price target.

CBS Corp. (NYSE: CBS) was down 3.1% at $54.46 ahead of earnings, and it was down 1.1% more at $53.85 after earnings. CBS was maintained as Buy but the price target was cut to $66 from $73 (versus a $54.46 close) at Jefferies. The company claims it can operate with and without cord-cutting. CBS was maintained as Outperform but the target was cut to $70 from $75 at Credit Suisse.

Citrix Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CTXS) was raised to Buy from Neutral with a $109 price target (versus an $82.36 close) at Goldman Sachs. This big upside call was creating a 2% gain on Friday to $83.99, versus a prior consensus analyst target of $85.50 and a 52-week range of $65.56 to $87.99.

Dicerna Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: DRNA) was up 28% to $7.23 on Thursday, and while it posted another loss it also announced a collaboration agreement with Boehringer Ingelheim to develop novel chronic liver disease treatments. H.W. Wainwright reiterated its Buy rating and raised its target to $10 from $6.

Dollar General Corp. (NYSE: DG) was started as Underweight with a $72 price target (versus an $82.51 close) at Wells Fargo.

Green Plains Inc. (NASDAQ: GPRE) was raised to Overweight from Neutral with a $25 price target at Piper Jaffray. This was after a 7.6% post-earnings (and a miss) drop to a closing price of $16.77 on Thursday. The 52-week trading range is $16.25 to $29.85.

Insulet Corp. (NASDAQ: PODD) was raised to Buy from Hold with a $65 price target (versus a $58.15 close) at Canaccord Genuity. Wedbush reiterated its Outperform rating and raised its target to $72 from $65.

Kellogg Co. (NYSE: K) was started as Underweight with a $67 price target (versus a $62.38 close) at Barclays.

Mattel Inc. (NASDAQ: MAT) may be battered, but the firm D.A. Davidson raised its rating to Neutral from Underperform based on cost cuts after recent weakness.

NICE Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: NICE) was downgraded to Neutral from Overweight with a $90 price target (versus an $83.86 close) at JPMorgan. Jefferies maintained its Hold rating and raised its target to $87 from $84.

Oasis Petroleum Inc. (NYSE: OAS) was raised to Outperform from In-Line with a $14 price target (versus a $9.89 close) at Evercore ISI.

TreeHouse Foods Inc. (NYSE: THS) was downgraded to Hold from Buy with a $44 price target (versus a $43.03 close) at Stifel.

Wingstop Inc. (NASDAQ: WING) was raised to Buy from Hold with a $40 price target (versus a $32.19 close) at Stifel.

Thursday’s top analyst calls included Devon Energy, Facebook, HollyFrontier, Kimberly-Clark, Square, U.S. Steel, Yelp and many more.

By Jon C. Ogg


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