Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Abercrombie, Bank of America, Cisco, Hertz, Home Depot, Wells Fargo and More
If you can believe it, the election is now a week behind us, and the market has continued to rise in aggregate. Stocks were indicated to open marginally higher on Tuesday, but it is important to understand that many stocks and sectors have already priced in massive benefits ahead with gains of 10% to 20% (or more) in the past week.
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Despite rising bond yields, high valuations and nothing having actually changed yet, the most obvious trend that remains alive is that investors are still willing to buy the dips and sell-offs. That trend is now over five years strong, and this bull market is closer to eight years old than seven.
These are the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen on Tuesday morning:
Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF) was downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform with a $14 price target (versus a $16.69 prior close) at FBR Capital Markets.
Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim. Shares closed up over 5.5% at $20.08, and the stock has a 52-week trading range of $10.99 to $20.20. The consensus analyst price target is $18.53.
Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) was reiterated as Buy with a $35 price target (versus a $31.37 close) at Jefferies. This is a pre-earnings call expecting an in-line report where the firm likes the risk and reward.
Hertz Global Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HTZ) was downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight with a $30 price target (versus a $28.00 close) at Morgan Stanley. The stock was trading at $35.74 on November 7 before its earnings report, and its consensus price target is $37.71.
Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD) was maintained as Buy at Merrill Lynch after it posted an impressive 5.5% comparable sales growth and maintaining sales and earnings guidance. Home Depot was down 1.7% at $127.67 on Monday and was indicated up 0.8% at $128.72 ahead of Tuesday’s open.
Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) was downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Guggenheim. Wells Fargo closed up almost 3% at $53.22, in a 52-week range of $43.55 to $56.26. The consensus analyst target is $49.57.
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Other key analyst upgrades and downgrades were seen in the following: