Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: ADM, General Mills, Home Depot, Microsoft, 3D Systems, Western Digital and More

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

Archer Daniels Midland Co. (NYSE: ADM) was raised to Outperform from Market Perform with a price target of $48 (versus a $40.44 prior close) at BMO Capital Markets. ADM has a consensus analyst price target of $39.00 and a 52-week trading range of $29.86 to $53.31.

General Mills Inc. (NYSE: GIS) was downgraded to Sell from Neutral with a $58 price target (versus a $62.70 close) at Goldman Sachs. It has a consensus price target of $60.19 and a 52-week range of $47.50 to $65.49.

Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD) was started with a Buy rating and was given a $158 price target (versus a $131.42 close) at Topeka Capital. The consensus price target is $147.32, and the 52-week range is $92.17 to $137.82.


Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) was raised to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen. Shares closed at $50.03, and the stock has a consensus analyst target of $57.72 and a 52-week range of $39.72 to $56.85.

Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSYS) was started as Outperform and was assigned a price target of $29 (versus a $20.46 close) at FBR Capital Markets. The consensus price target is $24.46. The 52-week range is $14.48 to $39.45.

3D Systems Corp. (NYSE: DDD) was started as Market Perform with a $14.50 price target (versus a $12.31 close) at FBR Capital Markets. It has a consensus price target of $14.10 and a 52-week range of $6.00 to $22.62.

VMware Inc. (NYSE: VWM) was downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform with a $61 price target (versus a $59.46 close) at Cowen. The consensus price target is $61.85, and the 52-week range is $43.25 to $93.43.

Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC) was maintained as Buy at Jefferies, but the price target was cut to $50 from $56 (versus a $40.46 close). Cowen raised its rating to Outperform from Market Perform with a $50 price target. The consensus analyst target is $59.27, and the 52-week range is $34.99 to $99.76.

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Other key analyst upgrades and downgrades from this Tuesday were seen in the following companies: