Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Altria, BB&T, Capital One, CenterPoint, Occidental Petroleum, Vale, Workday and More

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Stocks were indicated slightly higher on Monday morning, but the futures were lower toward the opening bell versus the earlier hours and overseas trading. With the Dow still down about 500 points from the April highs, investors are still looking for opportunities ahead. Buying the dips has not died.

24/7 Wall St. reviews dozens of analyst research reports each morning of the week to find new investing and trading ideas. Some of these analyst reports cover stocks to buy, while other reports cover stocks to sell or avoid.

These are the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen on Monday morning:

Altria Group Inc. (NYSE: MO) was raised to Buy from Hold with a $68 price target (versus a $62.93 prior close) at Argus. It has a consensus analyst price target of $66.25 and a 52-week trading range of $47.31 to $64.16.

BB&T Corp. (NYSE: BBT) was downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James. The stock closed at $34.02, has a consensus price target of $38.44 and has a 52-week range of $29.95 to $41.90.


Capital One Financial Corp. (NYSE: COF) was raised to Neutral from Sell with a $67 price target (versus a $69.39 close) at Guggenheim. The consensus price target is $82.28, and the 52-week range is $58.49 to $92.10.

CenterPoint Energy Inc. (NYSE: CNP) was raised to Neutral from Sell with a $21 price target (versus a $21.63 close) at Goldman Sachs. It has a consensus price target of $20.67 and a 52-week range of $16.05 to $21.89.

Occidental Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: OXY) was downgraded to Neutral from Overweight but the price target was lifted to $80 from $74 (versus a $76.06 close) at JPMorgan. The consensus price target is $76.06, and the 52-week range is $58.24 to $79.89.

Vale S.A. (NYSE: VALE) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Societe Generale. Shares closed up 3.2% at $4.78 on Friday but were indicated down 4.5% at $4.55 on Monday. The 52-week range is $2.13 to $7.95.

Workday Inc. (NYSE: WDAY) was downgraded to Sell from Hold with a $55 price target (versus a $70.97 close) at Brean Capital. Its consensus target price is $76.59, while the 52-week range is $47.32 to $93.62.

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