Stocks were getting bruised on Wednesday with overseas pressure and oil sending Dow (-250) and S&P (-29) futures down yet again. Investors have to be thinking that 2016 is becoming the year of the sucker’s rally now that the 10% drop has been breached, but they have a history of more than four years of successfully buying every stock market pullback.
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We recently ran a downside projection using the most bearish analyst targets on Wall Street, and several fresh price targets lowered that DJIA downside to 14,961 from 15,076 for what may be a potential floor versus the old prior bullish upside target for Dow 19,700.
These are this Wednesday’s top analyst calls.
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) fell after earnings guidance, but Jefferies maintained its Buy rating and $3.50 price target. Canaccord Genuity maintained its Hold rating and a $2.40 price target. AMD closed most recently down 3.9% at $1.95, but shares were indicated down 6% or so at $1.83 early Wednesday.
Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) was reiterated as Outperform with an $800 price target (versus a $574.48 prior close) at Credit Suisse. This is actually an update to a pretty recent call talking up Amazon Web Services. Amazon has a consensus analyst target of $746.67 and a 52-week trading range of $287.26 to $696.44.
Celgene Corp. (NASDAQ: CELG) was started as Outperform with a $149.00 price target (versus a $102.99 close) at Credit Suisse. Celgene was called its best in class for near-term and long-term growth.
Comerica Inc. (NYSE: CMA) was raised to Outperform from Market Perform with a $48.00 price target (versus a $34.72 close) at FBR Capital Markets. Jefferies maintained its Hold rating and $46.00 price target.
Fortinet Inc. (NASDAQ: FTNT) was downgraded to Neutral from Overweight and the price target was slashed to $30.00 from $50.00 (versus a $26.46 close after a 6.4% drop) at Piper Jaffray.
Gilead Sciences Inc. (NASDAQ: GILD) was started as Outperform at Credit Suisse with a $125.00 price target (versus an $89.90 close). The firm stated that Gilead is a real value stock rather than a value trap.
Lennar Corp. (NYSE: LEN) was raised to Positive from Neutral with a price target of $53.00 (versus a $40.98 close) at Susquehanna.
Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) was maintained as Hold at Jefferies, but the price target was raised to $120.00 from $105.00. JPMorgan maintained its Overweight rating and raised its target to $141.00 from $137.00 in its call. Shares rose 3.7% to $107.89 ahead of earnings and were indicated more or less flat on a down day after earnings.
Voya Financial Inc. (NYSE: VOYA) was raised to Buy from Neutral with a $41.00 price objective (versus a $30.17 close) at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Voya has a consensus target price of $44.97 and a 52-week range of $29.52 to $48.30.
Wayfair Inc. (NYSE: W) was raised to Buy from Hold at Citigroup. Wayfair closed at $38.40, has a consensus analyst target of $56.60 and has a 52-week range of $18.12 to $56.84.
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Other key analyst upgrades and downgrades seen on Tuesday included the following:
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