Notable Analyst Rating Changes 12/17: (TWTR) (COLM) (PAY) Upgraded; (ED) (VZ) (SYMC) Downgraded

December 17, 2014 10:24 AM EST

UPGRADES
Pivotal Research raises Twitter, Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) from Hold to Buy with a price target of $42. Click Here for more color.

Goldman Sachs upgrades Columbia Sportswear (Nasdaq: COLM) from Neutral to Buy and moves its price target from $41 up to $52. Click Here for more color.

Barclays lifts VeriFone (NYSE: PAY) from Equalweight to Overweight and adjusts its price target from $36 up to $47.

Deutsche Bank moves Calpine Corporation (NYSE: CPN) from Hold to Buy and lifts its price target from $25 to $31. Click Here for more color.

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DOWNGRADES
Deutsche Bank drops Consolidated Edison (NYSE: ED) from Hold to Sell. Click Here for more color.

Goldman Sachs cuts Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) from Buy to Neutral and reduces its price target from $55 to $48. Click Here for more color.

William Blair chops Symantec (Nasdaq: SYMC) from Outperform to Market Perform.

Howard Weil downgrades Halliburton (NYSE: HAL) from Outperform to Sector Perform and moves its price target from $70 down to $46.

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NEW COVERAGE
BB&T Capital starts Rent-A-Center (Nasdaq: RCII) with a Buy rating and price target of $37.

Oppenheimer assumes CDK Global (Nasdaq: CDK) at Outperform with a price target of $45.

Compass Point initiates Lending Club (NYSE: LC) with a Sell rating and price target of $19. Click Here for more color.

Buckingham Research begins TripAdvisor (Nasdaq: TRIP) with a Neutral rating and price target of $67.

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