Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: American Express, Encana, Petrobras, Raytheon, Tesla, Walgreens and More

Stocks were indicated to open lower on Thursday after Wednesday’s recovery rally. It is no secret that the election and a weaker economy keep posing risks, along with high market valuations. Still, investors keep proving that each sell-off is an opportunity to buy. Investors are also looking for new ideas to generate income or gains ahead.

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

American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP) was downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at Nomura, and the firm lowered its price target to $56 from $62 (versus a $64.36 prior close). On top of a market share loss, Nomura worries about softer than expected revenues and higher than expected expenses. American Express has a 52-week trading range of $50.27 to $77.82 and a consensus analyst price target of $67.77.

Encana Corp. (NYSE: ECA) was reiterated as Buy and the price target was raised to $14 from $13 (versus a $10.93 close) at Jefferies. The firm noted that the analyst day offered a robust and capital efficient five-year growth plan. Encana has a 52-week range of $3.00 to $11.10 and a consensus price target of $11.37.

Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. (NYSE: PBR), or Petrobras, was reiterated as Overweight at Morgan Stanley, and the firm raised its price target to $13 from $10 (versus a $9.93 close). The 52-week range is $2.71 to $10.24, and the consensus price target that is much lower at $7.91.

Raytheon Co. (NYSE: RTN) was started as Outperform with a $170 price target at Robert W. Baird. The stock closed at $137.13 on Wednesday and no major price change was indicated on Thursday morning. It has a 52-week range of $108.83 to $143.39 and a consensus price target of $155.31.

Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy and the price target was cut handily at Goldman Sachs, with that target down to $185 from $240 (versus a $208.46 close). Shares were indicated down almost 3% at $202.50 on Thursday morning, and the 52-week range is $141.05 to $269.34. Tesla has a consensus price target of $228.33.

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA) was started with a Buy rating at UBS. The shares closed at $80.51 on Wednesday, and no major price changes were indicated on Thursday. The 52-week range is $71.50 to $95.74, and the consensus price target is $92.73.

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Other key analyst upgrades and downgrades were seen as follows:

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