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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: AIG, Facebook, Gilead, Google, Regeneron, Twitter, Valeant, Vertex and More

Stocks were indicated higher on Friday going into the unemployment and payrolls report. Investors want to keep buying value and discounted shares on the dips. That trend is now four years old, even if this was the first time that shares fell more than 10% in that time. 24/7 Wall St. reviews dozens of analyst research reports each morning of the week to find new trading and investing ideas for our readers. Some of these daily analyst calls cover stocks to buy, and other calls cover stocks to sell or to avoid. These are this Friday’s top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations.

Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ALXN) was raised to Overweight from Equal Weight with a $211 price target (versus a $157.82 prior close) at Morgan Stanley.

American International Group Inc. (NYSE: AIG) was downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform and the price target was cut to $63 from $68 (versus a $56.92 close) at FBR Capital Markets.

BlackRock Inc. (NYSE: BLK) was raised to Buy from Neutral with a $350 price target...