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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Schwab, 3D Systems, Stratasys, Groupon, Lifepoint, E*Trade and More

Stocks were lower on Thursday, going into the unemployment and payrolls report. What has held true for almost four years now is that investors have lined up and bought their favorite stocks on every pullback. The reasons they find to buy are always different, but that has been the case regardless. 24/7 Wall St. reviews dozens of research reports each day to find new trading and investing ideas for its readers. Some of the analyst calls cover stocks to buy, while others cover stocks to sell or to avoid.

These are Friday’s top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations.

Charles Schwab Corp. (NYSE: SCHW) was raised to Buy from Neutral with a $36 price target (versus a $32.26 close) at Goldman Sachs. The consensus price target is almost $34.

3D Systems Corp. (NYSE: DDD) was started as Market Perform with a $21.00 price target (versus a $21.75 close) at FBR. The consensus price target now is only $24.63.

Groupon Inc. (NASDAQ: GRPN) was started with a Buy rating and price target of $8.50 (versus a $6.00 close) at Deutsche Bank. This was a top analyst call on Thursday as well, with B. Riley downgrading the online deals site to Neutral from Buy.

Lifepoint Health Inc. (NASDAQ: LPNT) was started as Buy and was added on to the Conviction Buy list with a $92 price target (versus a $73.39 close) at Goldman Sachs. The consensus price target is almost $81, and the street’s highest analyst target is $94.

Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSYS) was started as Market Perform with a $42.00 price target (versus a $35.65 close) at FBR. Stratasys has a consensus analyst target of about $46.00, and it was recently given upside of almost 50% in a competing analyst call.

E*Trade Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: ETFC) was started as Buy with a $34 price target (versus a $30.11 close) at Goldman Sachs. The stock was recently highlighted as potentially bringing up merger interest ahead, which follows many such rumors of years past. The consensus price target is $31.64, and the highest analyst price target is $35.00.

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The following are the additional top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen from Wall Street research calls this Thursday: