Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: FedEx, GameStop, Navistar, Time Warner, UPS and More

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For the second day running, the Dow Jones Industrial Average attempted to rise to the 20,000 level, only to falter and back up some. With the market volume drying up fast as the Christmas holiday approaches, it’s looking more and more like the historical level may have to wait a little longer. The futures were trading slightly lower this morning, so we may open down again.

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These are this Friday’s top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations.

Atwood Oceanics Inc. (NYSE: ATW) was reiterated with a Hold rating at Jefferies, but the firm raised its price target on the shares to $13 from $8. That compares with a Wall Street consensus price objective of $8.90. The 52-week trading range for the stock is $4.82 to $15.87. The stock closed Thursday at $13.55.

Ensco PLC (NYSE: ESV) was reiterated at Hold at Jefferies, but the price target for the shares went to $9.50 from $9.00. The consensus price objective is $9.23, and the 52-week range is $6.50 to $16.10. The stock closed yesterday at $10.03.

FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) was started with a Buy rating at Aegis Capital. The firm has a $215 price target, which compares to the Wall Street consensus target of $206.10. The 52-week range is $119.71 to $201.71, and shares closed yesterday at $190.89.

GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME) was started with a Buy rating at Mizuho, with a $35 price target. That compares with a consensus target of $27.18. The 52-week range is $20.20 to $33.72. The stock closed yesterday at $25.06.

Glu Mobile Inc. (NASDAQ: GLUU) was started with a Neutral rating and a $2.30 price objective at Mizuho. The Wall Street estimate is $2.56. The 52-week range is $1.73 to $4.00, and the stock closed yesterday at $2.10.

Navistar International Corp. (NYSE: NAV) was started with a Buy rating and a $36 price objective at Aegis Capital. That compares with a consensus target of $24.08. The 52-week range is $5.78 to $32.84. The stock closed yesterday at $30.93.

Orbotech Ltd. (NASDAQ: ORBK) was started with a Buy rating at Jefferies, which also put a $41 price target on the shares. That compares to a street consensus of $34.60. The 52-week range is $19 to $34.35. The stock closed Thursday at $32.76.

Skechers USA Inc. (NYSE: SKX) was raised to Buy at a firm called Monness Crespi & Hardt, which put a $30 price target on the shares. The consensus price objective is $26.13, and the 52-week range is $18.81 to $34.27. The stock closed Thursday at a$24.05.

Sun Life Financial Inc. (NYSE: SLF) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus. The 52-week trading range is $25.31 to $39.87. The consensus price target is $39.48. The shares closed at $38.65, so this could be a valuation call.

Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Capital. The 52-week range is $55.53 to $96.57. The consensus price target is $102.34. With the shares closing at $96.46, this could also be a valuation call.

Titan International Inc. (NYSE: TWI) was started with a Buy rating at Aegis Capital. The firm has a $15 price objective for the shares, which compares with a consensus target of $11.13. The 52-week range is $2.50 to $12.14.

United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE: UPS) was started at Hold with a $120 price target at Aegis Capital. The consensus price target is $115.55, and the 52-week range is $87.30 to $120.44. Shares closed on Thursday at $116.30.

Zynga Inc. (NASDAQ: ZNGA) was started with a Buy rating at Mizuho. Its price target is $3.50, which compares to a street consensus target of $3.25. The 52-week range is $1.78 to $3.08. Shares closed Thursday at $2.56.

Thursday’s top analyst upgrades and downgrades included Akamai Technologies, Microsoft, Oracle, Procter & Gamble, Red Hat, Wynn Resorts and more.

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