Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Cisco, Dollar General, NetApp, Pandora, P&G, Target and More

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Stocks were indicated to open handily higher on Thursday, after several consecutive days of selling pressure. Investors know this bull market is more than eight and a half years old, and they have also seen the dominating trend that they make money buying every major sell-off. Investors are also looking for new investing and trading ideas to generate gains and income ahead.

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These were the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and other research calls from Thursday, November 16, 2017.

Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) was surging higher after earnings and deferred revenues were solid. Cisco closed at $34.11 ahead of earnings, and it was indicated up 6.4% at $36.30 on Thursday morning. Jefferies reiterated its Buy rating on Cisco and raised its target to $40 from $37. More reiterated ratings and price target hikes have been seen as follows: Barclays to $37 from $34, Bernstein to $40 from $38, BMO Capital Markets to $36 from $32, Citigroup to $40 from $36‍, KeyBanc to $39 from $33 and RBC to $40 from $36. What investors need to understand now is that Cisco is at highs not seen since the tech bubble burst in 2000 and 2001.

Dollar General Corp. (NYSE: DG) was raised to Buy from Hold and the price target was raised to $93 from $79 at Deutsche Bank. It has a 52-week trading range of $65.97 to $85.09 and a consensus analyst target price of $83.09.

NetApp Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) was last seen trading up 13.5% at $52.00 (above its prior high of $47.20) on Thursday morning after earnings. Many analysts have raised their target prices. Barclays raised its target to $56 from $52, while BMO raised its rating to Outperform from Market Perform and raised its target to $62 from $43. Citigroup raised its price target to $53 from $43; Deutsche Bank raised its target price to $37 from $27; Morgan Stanley raised its target price to $41 from $38; and RBC Capital Markets raised its price target to $53 from $50.

Pandora Media Inc. (NYSE: P) was raised to Outperform from Market Perform with a $7 price target (versus $a 4.93 prior close) at BMO Capital Markets. Pandora has a consensus target price of $8.80, and its 52-week range is $4.44 to $14.10.

Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE: PG) was reiterated as Buy with a $99 price target (versus an $88.23 close) at Jefferies. This is after it appears that Nelson Peltz may have won a board seat after all.

Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT) was down almost 10% at $54.16 on Wednesday after earnings, and the recovery was just 0.9% to $54.65 on Thursday ahead of the opening bell. Target has seen multiple target price cuts: Barclays to $45 from $50, Stifel to $62 from $65 and Susquehanna to $54 from $58.

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Acorda Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: ACOR) was downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James, and Stifel downgraded Acorda to Hold from Buy.