Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Banco Santander, Box, GM, Illumina, JPMorgan, Noble and Many More

Stocks were indicated to open higher on Monday despite another 5% drop in Shanghai. Last week’s sell-off was the worst opening week for stocks in our lifetimes, but we cannot forget that investors have bought every market pullback for over four years now. The Dow and S&P 500 also are now challenging the formal 10% correction marks.

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These are the top analyst calls for Monday, January 11, 2016.

Banco Santander S.A. (NYSE: SAN) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank. Its American depositary shares were indicated higher because a rival analyst call from BNP Paribas raised it to Outperform from Underperform. Banco Santander closed at $4.29 on Friday and has a 52-week trading range of $4.27 to $7.79.

Box Inc. (NYSE: BOX) was reiterated as Buy with an $18 price target at Canaccord Genuity. Box closed at $11.61, has a consensus analyst price target of $19.63 and has a 52-week range of $10.93 to $24.73. The firm met with Box’s management and feels it is on track to deliver against targets, along with having reasonable valuations.

General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) was raised to Outperform from Neutral with a $38 price target at Credit Suisse. The firm sees GM’s earnings power likely being higher than assumed and having less severe downside than some think. GM shares closed at $29.53. The stock has a consensus price target of $41.94 and a 52-week range of $24.62 to $38.99.

Illumina Inc. (NASDAQ: ILMN) was reiterated as Neutral with a $140.00 fair value estimate (versus a $165.17 prior close) at Janney Capital Markets. This is despite positive and higher guidance. The firm sees its value based on 27 times expected earnings plus another $22 in cash per share.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman Sachs, just days ahead of earnings. Its shares closed down 2.2% at $58.92 on Friday, and its consensus analyst price target is $73.00. The 52-week range is $50.07 to $70.61.

Noble Corp. PLC (NYSE: NE) was reiterated as Buy with price target of $20 (versus a $9.10 close) at Argus. Despite oil woes, Argus thinks that Noble will win from its high specification fleet as others retire lower-spec rigs that are unable to obtain contracts without expensive upgrades.

Other key analyst upgrades and downgrades seen on Monday included the following:

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