Stocks were indicated higher on Monday, after a positive week before. Could this be a sign that maybe not every rally in 2016 is a selling opportunity? That remains to be seen.
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These are the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen on Monday, February 22, 2016.
AbbVie Inc. (NYSE: ABBV) has a Buy rating at Jefferies, but the firm moved it to the Top Global Pick status, based on increased confidence in biosimilar delays, a cheap valuation and strong 2016 catalyst that should all drive performance.
Deere & Co. (NYSE: DE) was reiterated as Outperform and the price target was raised to $88 from $87 at Credit Suisse. Wells Fargo maintained a Market Perform rating with a valuation range of $80.00 to $83.00.
Expedia Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) was downgraded to Sell from Hold at Stifel. Shares closed at $108.67 on Friday but were indicated 1.8% lower $106.70 Monday morning. The consensus analyst target price is $132.83 and the 52-week trading range is $88.40 to $140.51.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co.
(NYSE: HPE) was started with a mere Neutral rating at Macquarie. The stock closed at $13.67, has a consensus analyst target price of $16.55 and has a post-split trading range of $11.63 to $18.50.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) was reiterated as Outperform with a $75 price target (versus a $57.82 prior close) at Credit Suisse. The firm’s call is ahead of the Investor Day, noting that JPMorgan remains well positioned to sustain above-average return on equity.
Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX) was reiterated as Buy with a price target of $96 (versus a $80.09 close) at Argus. The consensus price target is $93.82m and the 52-week range is $69.79 to $94.12.
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Other key analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen on Monday were in the following:
- Basic Energy Services Inc. (NYSE: BAS) was downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James.
- Chimerix Inc. (NASDAQ: CMRX) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup.
- Enterprise G.P. Holdings L.P. (NYSE: EPE) was downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland Securities.
- Express Scripts Holding Co. (NASDAQ: ESRX) was downgraded to Sell from Hold and the price target was cut to $61 from $93 (versus a $68.01 close) at Deutsche Bank.
- First Republic Bank (NYSE: FRC) was raised to Buy from Hold at Jefferies with a $70 price target (versus a $59.86 close).
- GasLog Ltd. (NYSE: GLOG) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup.
- IMAX Corp. (IMAX) was raised to Outperform from Neutral with a $38 price target (versus a $30.49 close) at Wedbush Securities.
- Perrigo Co. (NASDAQ: PRGO) was downgraded to Sell from Neutral with a price target cut to $124 from $160 (versus a $129.34 close) at Goldman Sachs.
- Stifel Financial Corp. (NYSE: SF) was downgraded to Underperform from Neutral and the price target was cut to $27 from $44 (versus a $31.18 close) at Credit Suisse.
- TripAdvisor Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) was downgraded to Sell from Hold at Stifel.
If you missed Friday’s top analyst upgrades and downgrades, they included Applied Materials, Duke Energy, Entergy, Salesforce.com, SunEdison and over a dozen more companies.