Top Analysts Upgrades and Downgrades: AT&T, Capital One, Cisco, Novartis, Sprint, Starbucks and More

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After a rather tepid start to the trading week, the futures have turned decidedly lower as Wall Street eyes a second day of selling around the world, especially in Europe. It’s probably no surprise to see some selling after a six-week rally that moved the major indexes back to plus territory, and with earnings season set to start in earnest next week.

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These are this Tuesday’s top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations.

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) was started at Outperform at Macquarie. The consensus price target for the stock is $38.41. Shares closed above that level on Monday at $39.36.

Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK) was raised to Neutral from Underperform at Merrill Lynch. The 52-week price range for the company, which just announced the purchase of Virgin Airlines, is $58.15 to $87.17. The stock closed Monday at $78.92, down 3.77% for the day.

Capital One Financial Corp. (NYSE: COF) was downgraded to Underperform from Perform at Oppenheimer. The stock has traded within a 52-week range of $58.49 to $92.10 and closed Monday at $69.83


Cisco Systems Inc.

(NASDAQ: CSCO) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Merrill Lynch, but the price target for the stock was raised to $30 from $27. The Thomson/First Call consensus price target is $28.68, within a 52-week trading range of $22.46 to $29.90. Shares closed most recently at $28.14.

Constellation Brands Inc. (NYSE: STZ) was started with an Outperform rating at Wells Fargo. The stock has traded within a 52-week range of $114.49 to $155.68. It closed near that high of the year at $151.47 on Monday.

Novartis A.G. (NYSE: NVS) was started at a rating of Hold at Argus. The stock has traded in a 52-week range of $69.90 to $106.84. The shares closed trading Monday at $72.73, up almost 2% on the day.

Radian Group Inc. (NYSE: RDN) was started at Buy at Deutsche Bank with a $16 price target. That compares to the consensus price target of $15.77, within a 52-week trading range of $9.29 to $19.13. The shares closed most recently at $12.01, down almost 3.5% on the day.

Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) was started at Outperform at Macquarie. The consensus price target is $7.28. The stock has a 52-week trading range of $2.18 to $5.39. The shares closed Monday at $3.44.

Starbucks Inc. (NASDAQ: SBUX) was started at Buy at Evercore ISI. The consensus price target is $68.26, and the 52-week range is $42.05 to $64.00. The shares closed Monday at $60.25.

Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. (NYSE: SXL) was raised to Buy from Hold at Evercore. The stock has traded in a 52-week range of $15.43 to $44.90, and the consensus price target is $32.87. The shares closed Monday at $23.34

Other key analysts upgrades and downgrades were seen in the following:

  • ADT Corp. (NYSE: ADT) was downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse.
  • Bruker Corp. (NASDAQ: BRKR) was downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink Partners.
  • Concho Resources Inc. (NYSE: CXO) was started with a Hold rating at Canaccord Genuity.
  • Epizyme Inc. (NASDAQ: EPZM) was started at Buy at Citigroup.
  • LPL Financial Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: LPLA) was downgraded to Sell at Goldman Sachs.
  • National Storage Affiliates (NYSE: NSA) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies.
  • New Media Investment Group Inc. (NYSE: NEWM) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup.
  • PulteGroup Inc. (NYSE: PHM) was downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan and the price target was lowered to $18 from $21.50. The consensus price target is $19.46.
  • Ruckus Wireless Inc. (NYSE: RKUS) was downgraded to Market Perform at William Blair. This comes on the heels of a $1.5 billion takeover bid from Brocade.

If you missed Mondays top analyst upgrades and downgrades, they included Apple, Express Scripts, Facebook, Gap, Intel, Schlumberger and more.