Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Annaly Capital, Barrick, Cheniere, Fitbit, Dean Foods, Groupon, SolarCity, Twitter, US Steel and More

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Stocks were indicated to open slightly lower on Tuesday, after several days of rallying. Now the question is if the investing community will resume selling into rallies or whether the old 2011 to 2015 trend of buying the dips comes back into play.

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These are the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen on Tuesday, February 23, 2016.

Annaly Capital Management Inc. (NYSE: NLY) was raised to Outperform from Market Perform with a $12.00 price target (versus a $9.99 prior close) at FBR Capital Markets. It also has a consensus analyst target of just $10.50 and a 52-week trading range of $8.25 to $10.93. Annaly still sports a double-digit dividend yield as well.

Barrick Gold Corp. (NYSE: ABX) was maintained as Hold but the price target was raised to $13.50 from $11.00 at Jefferies. The stock up 2% to $12.82 before the call and was indicated up another 2% at $13.10 afterward. Barrick has a consensus analyst target of $11.64 and a 52-week trading range of $5.91 to $13.70.

Cheniere Energy Inc. (NYSEMKT: LNG) was raised to Buy from Neutral with a $46 price target (versus a $30.32 close) at Goldman Sachs. It has a consensus price target of $68.50 and a 52-week range of $22.80 to $82.32.


Fitbit Inc. (NYSE: FIT) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at R.W. Baird. Fitbit closed up almost 6% at $16.52 ahead of earnings, but the higher R&D and capital spending had shares indicated down almost 15% at $14.10 in early indications. Fitbit’s consensus analyst target had been $33.84, and its 52-week range is $12.90 to $51.90.

Dean Foods Co. (NYSE: DF) was maintained as Buy but the price target was raised to $23 from $21 (versus an $18.88 close) at Jefferies. The firm said there were three compelling reasons to own Dean Foods’ stock.

Groupon Inc. (NASDAQ: GRPN) was started as Neutral with a $4 price target (versus a $4.31 close) at Wedbush Securities. Groupon has a consensus analyst target of $3.57 and a 52-week range of $2.15 to $8.37.

SolarCity Corp. (NASDAQ: SCTY) was downgraded to Neutral from Overweight and the price target was cut to $29 from $44 (versus a $19.08 close) at JPMorgan. The consensus analyst target was still listed as up at $46.78, and the 52-week range is $16.31 to $63.79.

Twitter Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) was raised to Outperform from Market Perform with a $25 price target (versus an $18.30 close) at Raymond James. The consensus analyst target is $20.72, and the 52-week range is $13.91 to $53.49. Shares were indicated up over 1% at $18.52 after this upgrade.

United States Steel Corp. (NYSE: X) was downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform and the price target was slashed to $8 from $30, which was the absolute highest target of all analysts (and versus an $8.48 close), at Cowen. U.S. Steel has a pre-cut consensus analyst target of $8.84 and a 52-week range of $6.15 to $27.68.

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Other key analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen on Tuesday were in the following: