Stocks were indicated lower on Tuesday after the first day of the second quarter closed marginally lower. The bull market is more than eight years old, and investors have proven over and over for more than five years that they will find a reason to buy all the market pullbacks. Those same investors are also still looking for new trading and investing ideas.
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Color has been added on many of the following calls, and the consensus analyst price targets referenced are from Thomson Reuters. These are the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen on Tuesday, April 4, 2017:
Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) was downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform and the price target was lowered to $880 from $1,005 (versus an $856.75 prior close) at BMO Capital Markets. Alphabet shares were indicated down 0.9% at $849.00 on Tuesday, in a 52-week trading range of $672.66 to $874.42 and versus a consensus analyst target price of $984.27.
Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy with a $25 price target (versus a $23.59 close) at Citigroup. The call is after a huge post-election surge. Bank of America shares have a 52-week range of $12.05 to $25.80 and a consensus price target of $25.39.
Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) was already rated as Buy at Goldman Sachs, but the firm added Caterpillar to the prized Conviction Buy list with a $120 price target (versus a $92.27 close). The 52-week range is $69.04 to $99.46, and Caterpillar has a consensus target price of $92.95.
Nike Inc. (NYSE: NKE) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus. Shares closed down 0.3% at $55.56 on Monday and were indicated down 0.5% at $55.25 on Tuesday, in a 52-week range of $49.01 to $60.68. The consensus target price is $62.36.
NVIDIA Corp. (NASDAQ: NVDA) was downgraded to Underweight from Sector Weight at Pacific Crest. The shares were indicated down 3% at $105.15 on Tuesday, in a 52-week range of $34.40 to $120.92. The consensus target price is $113.68.
Panera Bread Co. (NASDAQ: PNRA) was downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Robert W. Baird, but the firm did raise its price target to $290 from $265 in the call. Credit Suisse raised its target to $300 from $260, noting that a buyout makes sense in the $300 to $310 levels. This is a day after speculation that Starbucks should buy the restaurant operator.
Snap Inc. (NYSE: SNAP) was started with a Neutral rating at BTIG. It closed Monday at $22.35 and was indicated down at $22.20 on Tuesday. Snap’s post-IPO range is $18.90 to $29.44, and it has a consensus price target of $23.36.
Urban Outfitters Inc. (NASDAQ: URBN) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup. It closed down 2.36% at $23.20 on Monday and was indicated down 5% at $22.00 on Tuesday. The prior 52-week range was $22.06 to $40.80, and the consensus target price is $27.68.
Other key analyst calls were seen in the following: