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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Anthem, Apple, Harley-Davidson, IBM, Kimberly-Clark, Marathon Oil, Netflix, NVIDIA, Peabody Energy and More

Stocks were indicated to open higher on Wednesday. Even with the negative headlines and even with this bull market well over eight years old, yet again equity investors keep demonstrating that they will buy stocks on any pullback or sell-off. Those same investors are also continuing to search for new investing and trading ideas.

24/7 Wall St. reviews dozens of analyst research reports each day of the week. Our goal is to find new investing and trading ideas for our readers. Some of the daily analyst reports cover stocks to buy, while some reports cover stocks to sell or to avoid.

Consensus analyst price target data are from the Thomson Reuters sell-side research service. Additional color and commentary also has been added on most of the daily analyst calls.

These were the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and other research calls from Wednesday, July 12, 2017.

Anthem Inc. (NYSE: ANTM) was started as Neutral and assigned a $195 price target (versus a $192.10 prior close) at Credit Suisse. The firm sees Anthem increasing its focus on Medicare Advantage and noted that it also has a clear opportunity to lower pharmacy costs and generate earnings accretion with the PBM re-procurement. Anthem has a 52-week trading range of $114.85 to $194.94, and it has a consensus analyst target price of $197.50.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) was maintained as Buy with a $180 price objective at Merrill Lynch. The call is similar to Tuesday’s note from Deutsche Bank, except the rating is Buy at Merrill Lynch. The firm lowered iPhone estimates on an anticipated three to four week delayed shipment of iPhone 8 for the September and December quarters while boosting its March 2018 expectations.

Harley-Davidson Inc. (NYSE: HOG) was downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform with a $55 price...