Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: GE, 3M, Shopify, SunPower, Zafgen, CIT, Ericsson, Honeywell and Many More

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Stocks were looking for a small bounce on Thursday after Wednesday’s big sell-off that ended up being less of a big sell-off. Investors have every right to feel jilted in 2016 with every rally having been a selling opportunity. That being said, there is also the reminder that investors successfully bought every dip for over four years prior to the end of 2015.

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The latest bear case for the Dow ticked down to 14,961 from 15,076 for what could be a theoretical floor versus the prior bullish upside target for Dow 19,700.

These are this Thursday’s top analyst calls.

General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) was started as Buy with a $36 price target (versus a $28.00 prior close) at Citigroup. GE has a consensus target of $32.38 and a 52-week trading range of $19.37 to $31.49. GE has already pulled back far from its bullish and bearish indications for 2016.

3M Co. (NYSE: MMM) was started as Buy with a $166 price target (versus a $136.96 close) at Citigroup. 3M has a consensus analyst target of $159.29 and it has a 52-week range of $134.00 to $170.50. 3M has pulled back about $10 from its bullish and bearish outlook for 2016.


Shopify Inc. (NYSE: SHOP) was started as Outperform and was assigned a $25 price target (versus a $20.53 close) at Wedbush Securities. Shopify has a consensus analyst target of closer to $35 and a 52-week range of $17.00 to $42.13. The IPO price was $17.00.

SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ: SPWR) was raised to Buy at Janney Capital Markets, but the firm maintained its fair value estimate of $28 (versus a $21.84 close) in its call. The consensus analyst target is $37.32, and the 52-week range is $18.25 to $35.11.

Zafgen Inc. (NASDAQ: ZFGN) saw its shares rise 78% to $10.04 on exponentially strong volume on Wednesday. Now RBC Capital Markets raised its rating to Outperform from Sector Perform and raised its price target massively — to $21 from $7.

Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE: HON) was started as Buy with a $122 price target (versus a $96.24 close) at Citigroup. Honeywell has a consensus analyst target price of $115.05 and a 52-week range of $87.00 to $107.41.

CIT Group Inc. (NYSE: CIT) was started as Hold with a $38 price target (versus a $31.38 close) at Deutsche Bank. CIT’s consensus analyst target is all the way up at about $50, and the 52-week range is $30.73 to $49.27.

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) was downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman Sachs. Price target data on Ericsson was not seen, but at $8.80 on Wednesday’s close, it has a 52-week range of $8.55 to $13.14 and a consensus analyst target of $11.60.

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