Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Akamai, BBVA, Dean Foods, SolarCity, Valero and Many More

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Stocks got a big boost on news that Janet Yellen is talking down the Federal Reserve’s desire to hike interest rates no matter what. Investors in 2016 have used rallies a chance to sell, with a prior four-year history of buying up every dip. The climate still points to investors wanting to look for value in a volatile market.

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These are the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen on Wednesday, February 10, 2016.

Akamai Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM) was started as Neutral with a $45 price target (versus a $39.57 prior close) at Credit Suisse. Shares were last seen up 17% after a solid earnings report at $46.25, in a 52-week trading range of $39.43 to $78.44.

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria S.A. (NYSE: BBVA) was raised to Outperform from Underperform at BNP Paribas. The stock closed down 3.2% at $6.09 on Tuesday but was indicated up 5.5% at $6.42 early Wednesday. The consensus target price is listed as $6.60 (may be imperfect for American depositary shares) and the 52-week range is $5.89 to $10.75.


Dean Foods Co. (NYSE: DF) was raised to Outperform from Market Perform and the price target was raised to $25 from $21 (versus a $19.02 close) at Bernstein. It was also raised to Buy from Hold at BB&T Capital.

SolarCity Corp. (NASDAQ: SCTY) was raised to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James, but the price target was cut to $60 from $75. Credit Suisse maintained its Outperform rating, but the firm thinks positive value creation will continue and it lowered the price target to $89 from $124. Roth Capital downgraded SolarCity to Neutral from Buy and slashed and burned its target to $19 from $64 in the call. SolarCity shares were last seen down 30% at $18.50, after closing down 5.7% at $26.35 on Tuesday. The prior 52-week range was $24.07 to $63.79.

Valero Energy Corp. (NYSE: VLO) was maintained as Buy but was removed from the Conviction Buy list, and the price target was cut to $74 from $83, at Goldman Sachs. The consensus analyst target is about $80, and the 52-week range is $51.68 to $73.88.

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