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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Cisco, Dish, First Data, Level 3, Regions, SolarCity, Tesla, Twitter, Visa and More

Stocks had tried to find some footing this week, but now the pressure from European banks was too much and stocks were getting pounded. Fed Chair Janet Yellen was not even able to tame markets with her mostly dovish testimony. For now, rallies have continued to be just another chance to sell, the opposite of the prior four years when buying all the dips worked.

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These are the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen from Thursday, February 11, 2016.

Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) hit a 52-week low on Wednesday ahead of earnings, but the stock was indicated up 6% at $23.89 (was up as much as 10%) after earnings. Cisco was raised to Buy from Hold at Jefferies and the target was raised to $27.50 from $26.00. Oppenheimer reiterated its Outperform rating and $30 price target.

Dish Network Corp. (NASDAQ: DISH) was maintained as Buy but the price target was cut to $80 from $100 (versus a $39.71 prior close) at Jefferies. The firm notes that Dish’s asset valuation is overlooked and is presenting one of the best investing opportunities in its coverage.


First Data Corp. (NYSE: FDC) fell by 15.8% to $9.35 on Wednesday. It was raised to Outperform from Neutral but the target was cut to $12 from $20 at Credit Suisse. Barclays kept an Overweight rating but lowered its target to $14 from $20.

Level 3 Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT) was raised to Overweight from Equal Weight with a $60 price target (versus a $45.65 close) at Morgan Stanley. Level 3 has a consensus target of $61.25 and a 52-week trading range of $40.86 to $57.08.

Regions Financial Corp. (NYSE: RF) was downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight and the price target was cut to $9 from $12 (versus a $7.51 close) at Morgan Stanley. The consensus analyst target is $10.60, and the 52-week range is $7.08 to $10.87.

SolarCity Corp. (NASDAQ: SCTY) was down 29% to $18.63 on Wednesday after a poor earnings report. Barclays downgraded SolarCity to Equal Weight from Overweight and lowered the target price to $20 from $49.

Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) was maintained as Sector Perform at RBC Capital Markets, but the price target was cut to $180 from $240 in the call. Tesla’s consensus price target will be lower next week as others have trimmed ratings and targets ahead of the report. That being said, even with a loss, Tesla shares were last indicated up 4.7% at $150.50 due to Elon Musk sticking by strong demand trends.

Twitter Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) was downgraded to Hold from Buy and the price target was slashed to $15 from $35 at Topeka Capital Markets. Pacific Crest downgraded it to Sector Weight from Overweight. RBC kept its Sector Perform rating but cut the target to $23 from $34. Barclays has an Equal Weight rating but cut the target to $19 from $33.

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy and the price objective was $75 (versus a $70.15 close) at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Shares closed up 2.6% on Wednesday but were indicated down 2.8% from European weakness. Visa’s consensus analyst target was $85.60, and its 52-week range is $60.00 to $81.01.

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