Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Blackstone, Chevron, Diamond Offshore, Palo Alto, Symantec, Total and More

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Stocks were trying to make another gap up run higher on Friday, similar to Thursday. The Dow and S&P are fighting to see if the three-week rally can be four weeks. The S&P is challenging 2,000 and the DJIA is challenging 17,000 again. Investors now find themselves in a dilemma of trust: do they sell the rallies like in the first six weeks of 2016, or do they buy the dips like they did for more than four years?

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These are the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen from Friday, March 11, 2016.

Blackstone Group L.P. (NYSE: BX) was downgraded to Hold from Buy and the price target was cut to $28 from $30 (versus a $27.37 prior close) at Deutsche Bank. Blackstone has a consensus analyst price target of $33.89 and a 52-week trading range of $22.31 to $44.43.

Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX) was raised to Neutral from Sell with a $94 price target (from a $78 prior target and versus a $93.94 close) at Goldman Sachs. The consensus analyst target is $95.80 and the 52-week range is of $69.58 to $112.20. Chevron did commit to maintaining and growing its dividend despite lower capex and despite lower energy profits.


Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc. (NYSE: DO) was raised to Neutral from Underweight and the price target was raised to $19 from $16.50 at Piper Jaffray. Diamond Offshore was also raised to Neutral from Sell and the price target was raised to $24 from $18 at Goldman Sachs.

Palo Alto Networks Inc. (NASDAQ: PANW) was started as Outperform with a $200 price target (versus a $150.75 close) at Bernstein. It has a consensus analyst target of $192.86 and a 52-week range of $111.09 to $200.55.

Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) was raised to Outperform from Sector Perform with a $23 price target (versus a $17.70 close) at RBC Capital Markets. Symantec has a consensus analyst price target of $22.33 and a 52-week range of $16.14 to $26.16.

Total S.A. (NYSE: TOT) was maintained as Buy but was removed from the prized Conviction Buy List at Goldman Sachs. The stock closed down 1.8% at $45.69, has a consensus analyst target of $52.83 and has a 52-week range of $39.05 to $54.79.

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Other key analyst upgrades and downgrades seen on Friday included of the following: