After a huge Thursday in which the markets soared, the futures traded flat to modestly higher Friday morning. With earnings still coming in hot and heavy, many on Wall Street are encouraged by the overall positive numbers that corporate America has presented for the first quarter. With more on the way, we will continue to get a good look at corporate health and the prospects for the second quarter.
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These are this Friday’s top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations.
Allergan Inc. (NYSE: AGN) was removed from the US Focus List at Citigroup. Its 52-week trading range is $184.50 to $261.27. The Wall Street consensus price target is $268.67. The stock closed trading on Thursday at $237.94.
Costco Wholesale Corp. (NASDAQ: COST) was raised to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays. The 52-week range for the retail behemoth is $133.57 to $178.51, and the consensus price objective is posted at $182.87.
Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (NYSE: CP) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at a firm called Loop Capital. The 52-week range is $119.50 to $157.34, and the consensus price objective is $161.67. The shares closed at $153.78 on Thursday up over 2.5%, so a possible valuation call.
Domino’s Pizza Inc. (NYSE: DPZ) was started with a Buy rating at Guggenheim. The 52-week range is $116.91 to $192.01, and the consensus price target is $194.33. The shares closed Thursday at $176.91.
Fortinet Inc. (NASDAQ: FTNT) was raised to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital. The 52-week range is $28.51 to $39.03, and the consensus price objective is $41.51. The stock closed trading Thursday at $38.51.
McDonald’s Corp. (NYSE: MCD) was started with an Outperform rating at BMO Capital. The 52-week range for the fast-food giant is $110.33 to $133.34. The consensus price target is $135.70, and shares closed Thursday at $133.27.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus on the heels of the company’s poor earnings report, in which it reported for the first time in the company’s history losing wireless subscribers and a 20% profit decline. The 52-week range is $46.01 to $56.95. The consensus price target is $51.39, and the stock close Thursday at $48.41.
Yum! Brands Inc. (NYSE: YUM) was started with a rating of Market Perform at BMO Capital. The 52-week range of the shares $56.31 to $68.98, and the consensus price objective is $69.76. The stock closed Thursday at $65.04.
Other key analysts upgrades and downgrades were seen in the following: