Stocks keep on hitting new all-time highs in what still feels like the most unloved bull market of them all. The markets were looking for direction on Friday. High valuations and extremely low interest rates are making for a conundrum for many investors. In fact, the volatility index is so low that investors have become complacent and could easily be caught off-guard if there are any unexpected shocks.
24/7 Wall St. reviews dozens of analyst research reports each morning of the week. The goal is to find new investing and trading ideas. Some of these analyst reports cover stocks to buy. Other reports feature stocks to sell or avoid.
At this point in the bull market, most Buy or Outperform ratings in traditional Dow and S&P 500 stocks come with an implied upside of 8% to 15%. One more consideration here, maybe after the next pullback, is that it would really only require the upside from seven of the 30 Dow stocks to get to Dow Jones Industrial Average of 20,000 in 2017. Also, five Dow stocks missed Thursday’s rally to all-time highs.
These are the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen on Friday morning:
Air Products & Chemicals Inc. (NYSE: APD) was raised to Overweight from Neutral with a $160 price target at JPMorgan. The stock closed at $149.05 and has a consensus analyst price target of $159.53. The 52-week trading range is $114.64 to $152.69.
Akamai Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM) was raised to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo. Shares closed at $51.41, and the consensus target price is $59.20. The 52-week range is $39.43 to $76.39.
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE: BABA) was up 5% at $91.77 on Thursday on the heels of an earnings beat, and shares were indicated up another 1% on Friday. The stock was raised to Strong Buy from Outperform and the price target was raised to $124 from $95 (versus a $91.77 prior close) at Raymond James. It also was raised to Outperform from Neutral and the price target was lifted to $110 from $76 at Macquarie. Shares hit a 52-week high of $92.80 on Thursday.
BlackBerry Ltd. (NASDAQ: BBRY) was raised to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James. It closed at $7.88 and has a 52-week range of $5.96 to $9.46.
Under Armour Inc. (NYSE: UA) was started with a Positive rating and was assigned a $50 price target (versus a $40.94 close) at Susquehanna. The consensus price target is $53.62, and the 52-week range is $31.61 to $52.94.
Consolidated Edison Inc. (NYSE: ED) was started with a Neutral rating and was given a $76 price target (versus a $78.39 close) at Citigroup. Its consensus price target is under the current share price at $75.27, and its 52-week range is $60.30 to $81.88.
InvenSense Inc. (NYSE: INVN) was raised to Overweight from Sector Weight with a $9 price target (versus a $6.80 close) at Pacific Crest. The stock was indicated up 4% at $7.09, and it has a 52-week range of $5.42 to $12.77 and a consensus price target of $7.50.
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Other key analyst upgrades and downgraded were seen as follows:
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