Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Newmont, Noble Energy, Paychex, Pioneer Natural, Southwest Air, Wells Fargo and Many More

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Stocks were being sold off heavily yet again, making a four-day big drop for the Dow and &P 500. Trends can always be broken, and eventually they are always broken, but the one trend that has prevailed for more than four years is that investors bought every market pullback.

24/7 Wall St. reviews dozens of analyst research reports each morning to find new investing and trading ideas for its readers. Some of the daily analyst reports cover stocks to buy, and others cover stocks to sell or avoid.

These are the top analyst calls for Thursday, January 7, 2016.

Newmont Mining Co. (NYSE: NEM) was downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform and the price target was lowered to $20 from $26 at RBC Capital Markets. Newmont closed at $18.56, it has a consensus analyst target price of $23.51 and it has a 52-week trading range of $15.39 to $27.90.

Noble Energy Inc. (NYSE: NBL) was raised to Buy from Hold with a $42.00 price target (versus a $31.69 prior close) at Deutsche Bank. Its consensus analyst price target is $44.14, and the 52-week range is $29.13 to $53.68.

Paychex Inc. (NASDAQ: PAYX) was downgraded to Underperform from Neutral with a $50 price objective (versus a $50.78 close) at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Paychex has a consensus price target of $49.69 and a 52-week range of $41.59 to $54.78.

Pioneer Natural Resources Co. (NYSE: PXD) was raised to Buy from Hold and the price target was raised to $165 from $150 at Deutsche Bank. Citigroup raised its rating to Buy from Neutral with a $145 target. Pioneer closed at $116.15 and has a consensus price target close to $165.

Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) was raised to Equal Weight from Underweight with a $51 price target (versus a $42.85 close) at Morgan Stanley. It has a $53.77 consensus price target and a 52-week range of $31.36 to $51.34.

Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) was raised to Buy from Hold and was given a $60.00 price target (versus a $51.88 close) at Citigroup. Wells Fargo has a consensus target of $58.84 and a 52-week range of $47.75 to $58.77.

Other key analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen on Tuesday included the following: