Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Cerner, Intel, Peabody Energy, Rackspace, Weyerhaeuser, Whole Foods and More

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Stocks were indicated higher again on Wednesday, which might make for a three-day rally. Is it possible that investors are wanting to rejoin their prior four-year trend of buying pullbacks? In 2016, at least so far, investors have used rallies to sell into.

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These are the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen on Wednesday, February 17, 2016.

Cerner Corp. (NASDAQ: CERN) reported inline earnings but bookings appear to be a tad light on contract slips, and shares were indicated down 12.5% at $48.55. Jefferies maintained its Buy rating but cut the price target from $76.00 to $68.00. Evercore ISI downgraded it to Hold from Buy and cut the price target to $52 from $68.

Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC) was maintained as Sector Perform but the price target was lowered to $31 from $33 at RBC Capital Markets. Intel closed at $28.78, has a consensus analyst target of $36.24 and has a 52-week trading range of $24.87 to $35.59.

Peabody Energy Corp. (NYSE: BTU) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee CRT. This is a day after BB&T downgraded Peabody as well, and shares were down almost 5% to $2.31 on Tuesday.


Rackspace Hosting Inc. (NYSE: RAX) was downgraded to Neutral from Outperform and the price target was slashed to $22 from $50 (versus an $18.17 prior close) at Credit Suisse. Stifel downgraded it to Hold from Buy, and Barclays cut its rating to Equal Weight from Overweight and lowered the target price to $21 from $35. Rackspace closed up 3% at $18.17 ahead of earnings, but seeing 2016 revenues below plan had shares down 15% at $15.40 on last look.

Weyerhaeuser Co. (NYSE: WY) was maintained as Buy at Argus, but the price target was cut to $28 from $43. Shares closed up 5% at $23.77 on Tuesday. The consensus analyst target is $34.50, and the 52-week range is $22.06 to $35.75.

Whole Foods Market Inc. (NASDAQ: WFM) was started as Market Perform at Wells Fargo. The stock closed at $30.90, and it has a consensus analyst target of $29.50 and a 52-week range of $28.07 to $57.57.

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