Notable Analyst Rating Changes 9/15: (GPN) (AKRX) (EXTR) Upgraded; (VFC) (FGP) (ATRA) Downgraded

September 15, 2016 10:27 AM EDT

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UPGRADES
Goldman Sachs upgrades Global Payments (NYSE: GPN) from Neutral to Buy and moves its price target from $80 to $88.

Piper Jaffray raises Akorn (Nasdaq: AKRX) from Neutral to Overweight with a price target of $34.

DA Davidson lifts Extreme Networks (Nasdaq: EXTR) from Neutral to Buy with a price target of $5.

Goldman Sachs boosts bluebird bio (Nasdaq: BLUE) from Buy to Conviction Buy with a price target of $135. Click Here for more color.

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DOWNGRADES
BofA/Merrill Lynch drops VF Corp. (NYSE: VFC) from Buy to Underperform with a price target of $54.

RBC Capital downgrades Ferrellgas Partners LP (NYSE: FGP) from Sector Perform to Underperform and moves its price target from $17 down to $13.

Goldman Sachs lowers Atara Biotherapeutics (Nasdaq: ATRA) from Neutral to Sell and adjusts its price target from $23 down to $16.

William Blair cuts Syntel, Inc. (Nasdaq: SYNT) from Market Perform to Underperform.

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NEW COVERAGE
Roth Capital starts coverage on Sophiris Bio (Nasdaq: SPHS) with a Buy rating and a price target of $8. Click Here for more color.

FBR Capital assumes coverage on Alexion Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: ALXN) with a Underperform rating and a price target of $82. Click Here for more color.

Evercore ISI initiates C.R. Bard, Inc. (NYSE: BCR) with a Buy rating and a price target of $235. Click Here for more color.

Guggenheim begins Symantec (Nasdaq: SYMC) with a Buy rating and a price target of $30.

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