Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: First Data, GE, Sarepta, Western Digital, Walgreens, Zillow and More
Stocks were indicated to open higher yet again on Tuesday. Despite Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen saying rate hikes would come, investors currently believe that the weak payrolls report from last Friday took a June rate hike off of the table — and perhaps for longer. Those same investors have proven over and over that they will buy the stock market on dips and buy after bad news.
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These are the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen on Tuesday morning:
First Data Corp. (NYSE: FDC) was started with an Outperform rating and was given a $15 price target (versus a $12.66 prior close) at Keefe Bruyette & Woods. It has a consensus analyst price target of $16.20 and a 52-week trading range of $8.37 to $17.99.
General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) was started with a Market Perform rating and was given a $29 price target (versus a $30.12 close) at Cowen. The consensus price target is $32.79, and the 52-week range is $19.37 to $32.05.
Sarepta Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: SRPT) was indicated up 30% at $20.95 after a compromise was reached for its Duchenne muscular dystrophy drug, and ratings are all over the place. Sarepta was raised to Outperform from Neutral with a $36 price target (versus a $16.05 close) at Wedbush Securities. Janney maintained a Neutral rating but raised its target to $25 from $18. Jefferies maintained its Underperform rating and $7 target. The consensus price target is $19.23, and the 52-week range is $8.00 to $41.97.
Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC) was raised to Buy from Neutral with a $53 price target (versus a $48.02 close) at Mizuho Securities. It has a consensus price target of $58.29 and a 52-week range of $34.99 to $94.86.
Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA) was started with a Buy rating and was given $94 price target (versus a $78.66 close) at Merrill Lynch. The consensus analyst target is $94.29. The 52-week range is $71.50 to $97.30.
Zillow Group Inc. (NASDAQ: ZG) was raised to Equal Weight from Underweight and the price target was raised to $32 from $20 (versus a $30.78 close) at Barclays. Its consensus price target is $29.80, and the 52-week range is $16.45 to $35.47.
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Other key analyst upgrades and downgrades were seen in the following: