Stocks were indicated higher on Friday morning, perhaps after excessive selling on Thursday. Investors have bought every single pullback for what is now approaching four years. 24/7 Wall St. reviews dozens of research reports from analysts each day in order to get new trading and investment ideas for its readers. Some analyst reports cover stocks to buy, while others cover stocks to sell or to avoid.
These are this Friday’s top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations.
Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK) was started as Neutral with a $76 price target (versus a $64.06 close) at Credit Suisse.
Amira Nature Foods Ltd. (NYSE: ANFI) was started as Outperform with a $18 price target (versus a $8.67 close and a 52-week range of $7.41 to $19.86) at BMO Capital Markets.
Baidu Inc. (NASDAQ: BIDU) was downgraded to Hold from Buy with a $196 price target (versus a $253 close) at Jefferies.
Barclays PLC (NYSE: BCS) was downgraded to Sell from Hold at Berenberg.
Boston Beer Co. Inc. (NYSE: SAM) was downgraded to Sell from Neutral and the price target was cut to $240 from $284 (versus a $247.80 close) at Goldman Sachs.
Cash America International Inc. (NYSE: CSH) was raised to Market Outperform from Market Perform with a $32 price target (versus a $25.92 close) at JMP Securities.
Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (NYSE: CMG) was raised to Outperform from Market Perform with a $760 price target (versus a $621.34 close) at BMO Capital Markets.
Constant Contact Inc. (NASDAQ: CTCT) was downgraded to Neutral from Outperform and the price target was cut to $30 from $46 at Credit Suisse.
Control4 Corp. (NASDAQ: CTRL) was downgraded to Hold from Buy with a price target of $13 (down from $17 and versus the $11.72 close) at Canaccord Genuity. Cowen downgraded it to Market Perform from Outperform and the price target was cut to $11 from $23.
CVR Refining L.P. (NYSE: CVRR) was raised to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse.
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY) was raised to Strong Buy from Buy with a $20 price target (versus a $13.32 close) at Needham.
DURECT Corp. (NASDAQ: DRRX) was reiterated as Buy and the price target was raised to $3 at Cantor Fitzgerald, citing solid results and multiple catalysts ahead.
Ellie Mae Inc. (NYSE: ELLI) was reiterated as Buy and the price target was raised to $75 from $60 (versus a $55.00 close) at Needham. Shares were last seen up 8% at $59.50 after beating earnings expectations.
Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (NYSE: EPD) was reiterated as Outperform with a $41 price target (versus a $34.25 close) at Credit Suisse.
Federal Signal Corp. (NYSE: FSS) was downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc Capital Markets.