Equity markets seem as though they normalized after the massive post-election rally of the last two weeks. The markets were indicated up marginally on Monday morning ahead of the shortened work week. Investors are looking for new ideas to generate gains or income. It has been proven now for over five years that investors will buy selloffs and market dips.
24/7 Wall St. reviews dozens of analyst research reports each morning of the week to find new investing and trading ideas for our readers. Some of these analyst research reports cover stocks to buy, and other analyst calls cover stocks to sell or stocks to avoid.
The headwinds that should have mattered just haven’t really mattered — rising bond yields, coming Fed rate hikes, high valuations, and a huge political upset. This bull market is now also closer to 8 years old than 7 years old.
Some of the key stocks that have been considered beneficiaries of the election have risen 15% to 20% in the last 10 days. That is not normal at all and it might mean that more selective selling or profit-taking can be seen. These are the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen from this Monday morning:
Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF) was downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform and the price target was cut to $12 from $20 (versus $14.60 close on Friday, after a 13% drop) at RBC Capital Markets. Abercrombie & Fitch has a 52-week range of $14.00 to $32.83 and it has a consensus analyst price target of $18.41. There have actually been more than 10 combined price target cuts in all.
KBR, Inc. (NYSE: KBR) was raised to Buy from Neutral with a $21 price target (versus $16.25 close) at MKM Partners. KBR was recently pointed out among the many Trump infrastructure stock winners as well. KR has a 52-week range of $11.61 to $19.94 and it has a consensus analyst price target of $18.15.
3M Co. (NYSE: MMM) was downgraded to Sell from Neutral with a $159 price target (versus $172.96 close) at Goldman Sachs. 3M shares were indicated down 1.2% at $170.90 on Monday, versus a 52-week range of $134.64 to $182.27 and it has a consensus analyst price target of $179.20.
Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) was started with a Buy rating and was assigned a $145 price target (versus $115.21 close) at Brean Capital. Netflix has a 52-week range of $79.95 to $133.27 and it has a consensus analyst price target of $123.13.
Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX) was started as Neutral at Buckingham Research. Starbucks closed at $55.77, with a 52-week range of $50.84 to $63.19 and has a consensus analyst price target of $64.54.
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Other key analyst upgrades and downgrades seen on Monday were in shares of the following companies: