After another record day for the markets yesterday, the futures are pointing once again to a higher open, and this week looks poised to go down as yet another winner for stock investors. The Santa Claus/Trump rally came early this year, and many of the top analysts and pundits on Wall Street feel that it could hold its ground until the end of the month. All eyes next week will be on the Federal Reserve meeting, and the possibility of the first interest rate increase in a year.
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These are this Friday’s top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations.
Alliance Data Inc. (NYSE: ADS) was downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan. The 52-week trading range for the stock is $176.63 to $280.95. Its consensus price target is $247.96. The shares closed Thursday at $239.87, up almost 3%, so this could be a valuation call.
Broadcom Ltd. (NASDAQ: AVGO) shares are up big after reporting blow-out numbers and raising the dividend yesterday. Cowen raised its price target to $210 from $205, and Mizhou raise its target to $210 from $200. The stock is rated Buy at both firms. The consensus price target is $212.70, and the 52 week range is $114.25 to $179.42. The shares closed yesterday at $170.71, but traded near $180 range in the premarket.
Autodesk Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) was raised to Buy from Hold at Canaccord Genuity. The 52-week range is $41.60 to $82.77, and the consensus price target is $73.18. Shares closed way above that level yesterday at $81.74.
Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB) was reiterated at Hold at Stifel, but the firm lifted its price target on the biotech giant to $298 from $291. The consensus price objective is $339.98. The 52-week range is $223.02 to $332.65, and the stock closed yesterday at $289.54.
CDW Corp. (NYSE: CDW) was downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan. The 52-week trading range is $30.40 to $55.47. The consensus price objective is $51.13. The shares closed above that level yesterday at $55.40, so this looks like a potential valuation call.
Delta Airlines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) is reiterated at Outperform at Cowen, and the firm raised its price target to $56 from $52. The 52-week range is $32.60 to $52.77, and the consensus price objective is $55.94. The stock ended trading on Thursday at $51.35.
Eaton Corp. PLC (NYSE: ETN) was raised to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan. The 52-week trading range is $46.19 to $69.38. The consensus price target is $67.64. The stock closed Thursday at $68.98.
Finisar Inc. (NASDAQ: FNSR) is another hot tech company that blew out earnings yesterday. Stifel reiterated its Buy rating and increased the price target to $42. Needham also reiterated a Strong Buy rating. The 52-week range for the stock is $11.94 to $34.99. The consensus price objective is $40.75. The shares closed trading on Thursday at $34.13 but traded near $37 in the premarket.
Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. (NYSE: HIG) was raised to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital Markets. The firm also raised its price target to $54 from $46. The 52-week trading range is $36.54 to $48.52, and the consensus price target is set at $48.31. The shares closed at $47.99.
Other key analysts upgrades and downgrades were seen in the following: