Stocks were indicated to open lower on the heels of dual bomb attacks in Brussels, Belgium. The markets have risen for five weeks and had recaptured positive gains for 2016 as of last Friday. Investors have had to decide whether they buy dips or sell rallies all over again.
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With terrorism back in the news, it is important to realize that the stock market’s five-week gain has taken the S&P 500 back up to being valued above 17.5 times forward 12 month earnings expectations.
These are the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen on Tuesday, March 22, 2016.
Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) was downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy and the price target was cut to $655 from $770 (versus a $553.98 prior close) at Raymond James. Amazon has a consensus analyst price target of $735.30 and a 52-week trading range of $365.65 to $696.44.
Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX) was downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James. The stock closed down 1.3% at $96.44 on Monday and was indicated down 1% more at $95.50 in early Tuesday trading. It has a consensus price target of $96.07 and a 52-week range of $69.58 to $112.20.
Monster Beverage Corp.
(NASDAQ: MNST) was started as Neutral with a $144 price objective (versus a $134.52 close) at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The consensus analyst target is $154.80, and the 52-week range is $113.08 to $160.50.
Range Resources Corp. (NYSE: RRC) was downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James. Shares closed down 3% at $32.93 on Monday, and they have a consensus analyst target of $35.30 and a 52-week range of $19.21 to $65.53.
Wayfair Inc. (NYSE: W) was downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy with a $48 price target (versus a $38.06 close) at Raymond James. The consensus target price is $58.60, and the 52-week range is $27.36 to $56.84.
Wynn Resorts Ltd. (NASDAQ: WYNN) was raised to Overweight from Equal Weight with a price target of $120 (versus a $92.74 close) at Morgan Stanley.
Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup, but the price target was actually raised to $37 from $32 in the call. Yahoo shares closed at $35.47, and they have a consensus price target of $37.62 and a 52-week range of $26.15 to $46.17.
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Other key analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations were seen in the following on Tuesday: