Stocks were indicated a tad lower on Thursday, but not so much that the path of the day looks set in stone. The Dow and S&P 500 might be swinging up and down on the tail end of earnings season, but despite the notion of “sell in May and go away” investors have proven over and over that they are looking for opportunities and will buy the big market dips.
24/7 Wall St. reviews dozens of analyst research reports each morning of the week. Our goal is to find new investing and trading ideas for our readers. Some of these analyst reports cover stocks to buy, and other reports feature stocks to sell or stocks to avoid.
These are the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen on Thursday morning:
Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) was last seen up 5% at $26.72 after beating earnings. Credit Suisse maintained its Underperform rating but raised it estimates and raised its downside price target to $24 from $22. RBC maintained an Outperform rating and raised its target to $33. Wunderlich raised its target to $28. Wells Fargo reiterated its Outperform rating and raised its valuation range to $33 to $35 from the prior range of $29 to $32.
CSX Corp. (NYSE: CSX) was started with an Underperform rating and was assigned a price target of $27 (versus a $25.75 prior close) at CLSA. It has a consensus analyst price target of $27.71 and a 52-week trading range of $21.33 to $35.87.
Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HLT) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Merrill Lynch. The stock closed at $21.08, and it has a consensus price target of $26.46 and a 52-week range of $16.16 to $29.71.
L Brands Inc. (NYSE: LB) was downgraded to Neutral from Outperform and the price target was cut to $66 from $84 (versus a $63.78 close) at Robert W. Baird. MKM Partners also downgraded it to Neutral from Buy, with a target cut to $60 from $83. The consensus price target is $83.28, and the 52-week range is $62.99 to $101.11.
Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) was downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform with a $244 price target (versus a $241.58 close) at RBC Capital Markets. It has a consensus price target of $242.44 and a 52-week range of $181.91 to $245.37.
Salesforce.com Inc. (NYSE: CRM) was last seen trading up almost 6% to $82.50 after beating earnings and raising guidance. Mizuho reiterated its Buy rating and raised its price target to $100 from $90. Credit Suisse reiterated its Outperform rating and raised its target price to $115 from $110.
Teck Resources Ltd. (NYSE: TCK) was started with a Buy rating and was assigned a $12 price target (versus a $9.39 close) at Goldman Sachs. It has a consensus price target of $9.56 and a 52-week range of $2.56 to $13.13.
Tesoro Corp. (NYSE: TSO) was started with a Buy rating and was assigned a $100 price target (versus a $79.48 close) at UBS. The stock has a consensus price target of $107.04 and has a 52-week range of $67.80 to $119.67.
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Other key analyst upgrades and downgraded were in about two dozen more companies. These were seen as follows for this Thursday: