Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades After Election: Ciena, CME Group, Energy Transfer, NVIDIA, US Steel and Many More

Now that the 2016 election is behind us, the market rallied sharply from the lows last week, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average hitting an all-time high. Bond yields are rising and valuations remain high, but what is obvious is that investors are still willing to buy the dips and sell-offs.

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Stocks were looking for direction on Monday after having been positive and negative. These are the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen on Monday morning:

Ciena Corp. (NASDAQ: CIEN) was raised to Buy from Hold with a $27 price target (versus a $21.74 prior close) at Deutsche Bank. It has a 52-week trading range of $15.62 to $25.46 and a consensus analyst price target of $26.44.

CME Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CME) was downgraded to Neutral from Overweight with a $116 price target (versus a $114.38 close) at JPMorgan. The 52-week range is $81.87 to $117.80, and the consensus price target is $109.57.

Energy Transfer Partners L.P. (NYSE: ETP) was already rated as Outperform at Credit Suisse, but the firm added it to its MLP Top Pick List. Its 11% yield is called an attractive entry point for long-term investors. Shares closed up 1.3% at $38.13 on Friday and were indicated up 0.5% at $38.33 on Monday, in a 52-week range of $18.62 to $43.50. The consensus price target is $46.20.

NVIDIA Corp. (NASDAQ: NVDA) was raised to Buy from Hold with a $100 price target (versus an $87.97 close) at Needham.  The stock was up 29% at $87.97 on Friday.

United States Steel Corp. (NYSE: X) was raised to Overweight from Equal Weight with a $46 price target (versus a $25.71 close) at Morgan Stanley. It has a 52-week range of $6.15 to $27.64, with a consensus price target of close to $21.

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

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