Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Apple, Coach, Dollar General, Micron, VMware, Waste Management and More

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Stocks were indicated higher on Wednesday after some recent volatility. Investors keep showing that they will buy their favorite stocks and other value stocks or opportunities when the opportunity is there. 24/7 Wall St. reviews dozens of analyst research reports each day to find new investing and trading ideas for our readers. Some of these analyst calls cover stocks to buy and others cover stocks to sell or avoid.

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

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) was reiterated as Buy with a $160.00 price target (versus a $113.77 prior close) at Canaccord Genuity. The call is ahead of earnings and is based on Apple maintaining strong share of the premium tier smartphone market. Apple’s consensus analyst price target is $147.95 and the 52-week trading range is $92.00 to $134.54.

Coach Inc. (NYSE: COH) was raised to Equal Weight from Underweight with a $27.00 price target (versus a $30.06 close) at Morgan Stanley. Coach has a consensus price target of $37.57 and a 52-week range of $27.22 to $43.87.

Dollar General Corp. (NYSE: DG) was raised to Neutral from Underperform with a $73.00 price objective (versus a $67.03 close) at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Dollar General remains on the 24/7 Wall St. list of 10 stocks to own for the next decade.

Micron Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MU) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham. After closing at $17.09, Micron has a consensus analyst target of $22.27 and a 52-week range of $13.50 to $36.59.

VMware Inc. (NYSE: VMW) saw its price target lowered to $78 from $95 at Oppenheimer. Raymond James downgraded VMware to Market Perform from Outperform. Pacific Crest downgraded it to Sector Weight from Overweight, and Sterne Agee CRT cut its rating to Neutral from Buy. VMware shares were last seen down 11% at $61.00, versus a prior 52-week range of $67.48 to $93.43.

Waste Management Inc. (NYSE: WM) was raised to Buy from Hold with a $60.00 price target (versus a $52.71 close) at Stifel. The company is in a dual race with Republic for being on the 10 stocks to own for the next decade. Its consensus analyst price target is $57.25 and its 52-week range is $45.86 to $55.93.

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Other key analyst upgrades and downgrades on Wednesday were seen in the following: