Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Anheuser-Busch, Charter Communications, Costco, Nike, TiVo, Under Armour, Whole Foods and More
Stocks were handily lower on Wednesday, after a very light volume Tuesday that was loaded full of economic reports. With the start of June at hand, the question to ask is if the “Sell in May and go away” mantra is appropriate for 2016.
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These are the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen on Wednesday morning:
Anheuser-Busch InBev S.A./N.V. (NYSE: BUD) was raised to Buy from Hold at Investec (overseas). The American depositary shares closed most recently at $126.22, and the stock has a consensus analyst price target of $136.95 and a 52-week trading range of $102.58 to $132.91.
Charter Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) was raised to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James. The stock closed at $218.94, and it has a 52-week range of $156.13 to $233.70.
Costco Wholesale Corp. (NASDAQ: COST) was raised to Buy from Neutral with a $175 price target (versus a $148.77 prior close) at Goldman Sachs. The consensus price target is $168.08, and the 52-week range is $117.03 to $169.73.
Nike Inc. (NYSE: NKE) was downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight and the price target was cut to $60 from $69 (versus a $55.22 close) at Morgan Stanley. It has a consensus price target of $71.32 and a 52-week range of $47.25 to $68.19.
TiVo Inc. (NASDAQ: TIVO) was down 1.5% at $9.80 after earnings were short of estimates. It was downgraded to Neutral from Buy and the price target was cut to $10.70 from $12.00 (versus a $9.95 close) at MKM Partners. The consensus price target is $12.78. The 52-week range is $7.29 to $10.83.
Under Armour Inc. (NYSE: UA) was maintained as Hold at Jefferies, but the price target was cut to $42 from $45 (versus a $37.73 close). This is after it quantified its exposure to the Sports Authority bankruptcy, but Jefferies is mainly concerned about high expectations, valuation and the potential rise of Adidas back into the U.S. market. The consensus price target is $54.00. The 52-week range is $31.62 to $52.95.
Whole Foods Market Inc. (NASDAQ: WFM) was raised to Outperform from Neutral and the price target was raised to $40 from $30 (versus a $32.35 close) at Credit Suisse. It has a consensus price target of $29.71 and a 52-week range of $28.07 to $41.97.
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Other key analyst upgrades and downgrades from this Tuesday were seen in the following companies: