Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: BHP Billiton, CarMax, Cisco, Deere, 3M, Target, United Continental, Wells Fargo and More

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Stocks were indicated lower on Wednesday morning due to interest rate pressure in the United States and abroad, but the trend that has thrived for over half of the almost nine-year-old bull market is that investors have done well buying each dip. After all, stocks are right at all-time highs, and the start of 2018 was the best start to a year since the 1980s. Investors are deciding how to position their portfolios for 2018 and beyond. Those same investors are also looking for new ideas.

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These were the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and other research calls from Wednesday, January 10, 2018.

AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. (NYSE: AMC) was downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital Markets.

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: AAWW) was raised to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen, and the firm raised its target price to $72 from $62 (versus a $57.30 prior close).

BHP Billiton Ltd. (NYSE: BHP) was maintained as Market Perform but the price target was raised to $52 from $45 at Cowen.

Big Lots Inc. (NYSE: BIG) was downgraded to Perform From Outperform by Oppenheimer

Black Hills Corp. (NYSE: BKH) was raised to Buy from Hold at Williams Capital.

CarMax Inc. (NYSE: KMX) was reiterated as Outperform and with an $81 price target (versus a $69.80 close) at Wedbush Securities.

Cinemark Holdings Inc. (NYSE: CNK) was raised to Outperform from Sector Perform with a $40 price target (versus a $33.91 close) at RBC Capital Markets.

Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) was started as Overweight and assigned a $44 price target (versus a $39.69 close) at Piper Jaffray.

Cloudera Inc. (NYSE: CLDR) was raised to Buy from Neutral with a $24 price target (versus a $17.18 close) at Citigroup.

Deere & Co. (NYSE: DE) was raised to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital Markets, and the firm raised its target to $190 from $155 in the call.

Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group Inc. (NASDAQ: DFRG) was raised to Overweight from Equal Weight with an $18 price target (versus a $15.10 close) at Stephens.

Digital Realty Trust (NYSE: DLR) was raised to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank.

Epizyme Inc. (NASDAQ: EPZM) was started as Overweight and assigned a $20 price target (versus a $12.50 close) at Morgan Stanley.

Ferrellgas Partners L.P. (NYSE: FGP) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup.

F5 Networks Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV) was started as Neutral at Piper Jaffray.

Harley-Davidson Inc. (NYSE: HOG) was maintained as Neutral with a $49 price target (versus a $52.27 close) at Wedbush.

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