Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Chesapeake Energy, Motorola Solutions, Pfizer, Spirit Air, Symantec, Under Armour, US Foods and More

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The stock market was indicated handily higher on Monday, negating most of last week’s major drop. Is the trend of buying the dips already coming back into play that fast?

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

Chesapeake Energy Corp. (NYSE: CHK) was resumed in coverage at Jefferies with an Underperform rating, although the price target was raised to $3 from $2 (versus $4.51 prior close). The firm thinks the liquidity runway has been extended, reducing the risk of default and immediate liquidity issues. Chesapeake Energy has a consensus analyst price target of $4.44 and a 52-week trading range of $1.50 to $12.06.

Motorola Solutions Inc. (NYSE: MSI) was started with a Neutral rating and given a $73 price target (versus a $67.33 close) at Citigroup. It has a consensus price target of $72.75 and a 52-week range of $56.40 to $76.83.

Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) was maintained as Buy at Jefferies, but the price target was cut to $40 from $42 (versus a $34.75 close) and the GEPxit drivers waning led Pfizer to be removed from the Jefferies Franchise Pick List. The consensus price target is $38.71, and the 52-week range is $28.25 to $36.46.

Spirit Airlines Inc. (NASDAQ: SAVE) was raised to Outperform from Neutral and the price target was raised to $55 from $44 (versus a $42.48 close) at Credit Suisse. The consensus price target is $55.33. The 52-week range is $32.73 to $66.18.

Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) was raised to Buy from Sell and the price target was raised to $24 from $16 (versus a $19.97 close) at UBS. It has a consensus price target of $19.47 and a 52-week range of $16.14 to $24.39.

Under Armour Inc. (NYSE: UA) was raised to Buy from Neutral with a $48 price target (versus a $37.22 close) at Buckingham Research. The consensus analyst target is $53.62, and the 52-week range is $31.62 to $52.95.

US Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE: USFD) saw its quiet period come to an end. After closing at $23.96 on Friday, its post-IPO range is $23.32 to $25.64. The stock was started with a Buy rating and assigned a $28 price target at Deutsche Bank. Goldman Sachs started it as Neutral with a $28 target, and JPMorgan started it as Overweight with a $27.50 price target. Morgan Stanley started it as Equal Weight with a $28 price target. BMO assigned a Market Perform rating with a $25 price target.

Other top analyst upgrades and downgrades were seen in the following:

  • Credit Acceptance Corp. (NASDAQ: CACC) was raised to Neutral from Sell at Janney, and the upgrade was said to be based on valuation.
  • Perrigo Co. PLC (NYSE: PRGO) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus.
  • Theravance Biopharma Inc. (NASDAQ: TBPH) was started with a Buy rating and assigned a $30 price target (versus a $21.82 close) at Guggenheim.

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Friday’s top analyst upgrades and downgrades included American Electric Power, Mobileye, PayPal, Phillips 66, Smith & Wesson, Viacom and over a dozen more.

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