Top Analysts Upgrades and Downgrades: Alphabet, Apple, Duke Energy, Kellogg, NVIDIA, Wells Fargo and More

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After a rough two days of trading to mark the start of the week, investors will be watching closely to see if Wall Street heads down for a third straight day. The futures look modestly higher early on Wednesday, and with a stampeded of earnings right around the corner starting next week, it could be that traders will remain in a wait-and-see mode.

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

Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) was reiterated as a Buy at UBS, which raised the price target to $880 from $875. The Thomson/First Call consensus price target is $926.27. The 52-week trading range is $529 to $810.35. The shares closed most recently at $758.57, down 6.5% on the day.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) was started at a Strong Buy at Needham with price target of $150. The consensus price target is $134.21, which is within the 52-week trading range of $92.00 to $134.54. The stock closed on Tuesday at $109.81.


Duke Energy Corp.

(NYSE: DUK) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus. The consensus price objective is posted at $79.21, and the 52 week range is $65.50 to $81.39. Shares closed Tuesday at $79.90.

Fifth Third Bancorp (NASDAQ: FITB) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee. The consensus price target for the stock is posted at $19.43 and the 52-week range is $13.84 to $21.93. The shares closed Tuesday at $16.44.

Kellogg Co. (NYSE: K) was reiterated as a Buy and added to the Focus List at Credit Suisse. The price target was boosted to $86 from $82, while the consensus price target is set at $77.18.

Mattel Inc. (NYSE: MAT) was downgraded to Hold from Buy on valuation at Stifel. The consensus price target is $33.35, and the 52 week range is $19.45 to $34.75. The stock closed Tuesday at $33.08.

NVIDIA Inc. (NASDAQ: NVDA) had a slew of Wall Street firms making changes following the company’s analysts day. Stifel downgraded the stock to Hold. Topeka Capital Markets raised the price target to $36 from $32. Needham also raises the price target, from $34 to $38. The 52-week trading range is $19.09 to $36.64, while the consensus price objective is $33.76. Shares closed above that level on Tuesday at $35.75 and were trading down modestly in Wednesday’s premarket.

Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ: SONC) was maintained as Overweight at Piper Jaffray, which raised its price target on the stock from $37 to $42. The consensus price target is $36.92. The 52-week trading range is $22.72 to $35.85, and shares closed Tuesday at $35.34.

Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) was downgraded from Neutral to Buy at Guggenheim. The stock has traded in a 52-week range of $44.50 to $58.87, and the consensus price objective is $55.68. The stock closed Tuesday at $47.51.

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

  • Bemis Co. Inc. (NYSE: BMS) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup.
  • Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham Research, which lowered its price target to $95 from $100, versus a consensus target of $98.26.
  • IronWood Pharmaceutical Inc. (NASDAQ: IRWD) was raised to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen.
  • Huntington Bancshares Inc. (NASDAQ: HBAN) was raised to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee.
  • Liberty Media Corp. (NASDAQ: LMCA) was started at a Buy at Merrill Lynch with a price target of $49. The consensus price target is $46.18.
  • Silicon Motion Technology Corp. (NASDAQ: SIMO) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg Thalmann.
  • Tronox Inc. (NASDAQ: TROX) was downgraded to Sell at UBS. Shares were down over 7% in Wednesday’s premarket.
  • Tokai Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: TKAI) was started as Buy at Merrill Lynch with a price target of $16, as compared to a monster consensus target of $29.33 and a prior close of $5.85.

If you missed Tuesday’s top analyst upgrades and downgrades, they included AT&T, Capital One, Cisco, Concho Resources, Novartis, Starbucks and more.