Stocks closed higher on Monday and were indicated even higher again on Tuesday. The ongoing theme is that investors have not tired of what is close to an eight-year bull market. Those same investors also have proven over and over that they will buy each market pullback. and they are looking for new ideas for gains or income.
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These are the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen on Tuesday morning:
Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) was raised to Sell from Neutral and the price target was raised to $111 from $101 at Evercore ISI. The stock closed down 1.3% at $119.19 on Monday and was indicated up 0.7% at $120.00 on Tuesday. Netflix also has a consensus analyst price target of $123.85 and a 52-week trading range of $79.95 to $129.29.
Nike Inc. (NYSE: NKE) was downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen. The firm also cut its target price to $54 from $59. It has a consensus price target of $63.05 and a 52-week range of $49.01 to $68.19. Shares closed up 2.7% at $51.85 on Monday and were indicated down 1.2% at $51.25 on Tuesday.
Pandora Media Inc. (NYSE: P) was raised to Outperform from Perform with a $18 price target at Oppenheimer. It was last seen up 3.5% at $13.85 on Tuesday morning’s indications, in a 52-week range of $7.10 to $16.23. It has a consensus price target of $14.16.
SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ: SPWR) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim. Shares closed up 8.7% at $7.22 on Monday and were indicated down almost 1% at $7.15 on Tuesday. The 52-week range is $6.00 to $31.10, and the consensus price target is $12.34.
United Continental Holdings Inc. (NYSE: UAL) was raised to Buy from Neutral at Merrill Lynch. The stock closed at $68.28, has a 52-week range of $37.41 to $70.18 and has a consensus price target of $71.97.
The other key analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations were seen in the following:
AV Homes Inc. (NASDAQ: AVHI) was started as Neutral at Wedbush Securities.
Beazer Homes USA Inc. (NYSE: BZH) was started as Neutral with a $15 price target at Wedbush.
Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc. (NASDAQ: CRZO) was started with a Strong Buy with a $60 price target (versus a $40.65 close) at Raymond James
Charter Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) was started with an Outperform rating a $320 price target (versus a $270.93 close) at RBC Capital Markets.
Clovis Oncology Inc. (NASDAQ: CLVS) was started with a Neutral rating and a $34 fair value estimate at Janney.
Leidos Holdings Inc. (NYSE: LDOS) was started as Outperform with a $59 price target (versus a $51.88 close) at Oppenheimer.
M/I Homes Inc. (NYSE: MHO) was started with an Outperform rating and assigned a $28 price target (versus a $23.43 close) at Wedbush. The firm cited a differentiated geographic footprint and first-time homebuyer focus as positive catalysts.
Plug Power Corp. (NASDAQ: PLUG) was started as Buy with a $3 price target (versus a $1.47 close) at Rodman & Renshaw.
Select Comfort Corp. (NASDAQ: SCSS) was downgraded to Neutral and the price target was cut to $22 from $25 (versus a $22.96 close) at Wedbush, due to near-term concerns.
Skechers USA Inc. (NYSE: SKX) was started as Outperform with a valuation range of $30 to $32 (versus a $26.14 close) at Wells Fargo.
SkyWest Inc. (NASDAQ: SKYW) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI.
Steven Madden Ltd. (NASDAQ: SHOO) was started as Market Perform with a fair value range of $38 to $40 (closed at $38.65) at Wells Fargo.
Toll Brothers Inc. (NYSE: TOL) was started as Neutral at Wedbush.
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Monday’s top analyst upgrades and downgrades were in Arista Networks, McDonald’s, TripAdvisor, Newmont Mining, Nike, Visa and about 20 more.
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