Stocks were indicated lower on Monday in the wake of Friday’s sell-off after the GOP health care plan failed to materialize. Now many of the pro-growth policies that were used in the campaign may be viewed as at-risk, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average may be down about 700 points from its recent all-time highs. While recent selling has come back, the one trend that has prevailed for more than five years is for investors to buy the pullbacks. The bull market is now more than eight years old, and investors are still looking for new trading and investing ideas.
24/7 Wall St. reviews dozens of analyst research reports each day of the week in an effort to find new ideas for our readers. Some analyst reports cover stocks to buy, and some reports cover stocks to sell or to avoid.
Color has been added on many of the following calls, and the consensus analyst price targets referenced are from Thomson Reuters. These are the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen on Monday, March 27, 2017:
Best Buy Co, Inc. (NYSE: BBY) was raised to Overweight from Neutral and with a $55 price target (versus a $44.85 close) at Piper Jaffray. Best Buy has a 52-week trading range of $28.76 to $49.40 and had a consensus analyst target price of $46.27.
Groupon Inc. (NASDAQ: GRPN) was started with a Buy rating and assigned a $5 price target (versus a $3.99 close) at Citigroup. Groupon has a 52-week range of $2.92 to $5.94 and a consensus analyst price target of $4.91.
Snap Inc. (NYSE: SNAP) has seen its quiet period come to an end, so analysts from the underwriting syndicate are covering it now. Cowen started Snap as Outperform and assigned a $26 target, while Morgan Stanley started Snap with an Overweight rating and a $28 target. RBC started Snap as Outperform and assigned a $31 target, and Jefferies assigned a Buy rating and $20 target. Goldman Sachs started Snap as Buy with a $27 target. Citigroup started Snap as a Buy.
Starbucks Corp. (NASDAQ: SBUX) was started as Outperform and assigned a $66 price target (versus a $56.81 close) at Telsey Advisory Group. Starbucks has a 52-week range of $50.84 to $61.64 and a consensus price target of $64.31.
Weatherford International PLC (NYSE: WFT) was raised to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo. Shares closed at $5.89 but were indicated up almost 8% at $6.36. Weatherford International has a 52-week range of $3.73 to $8.49 and a consensus analyst target of $7.46.
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Other key analyst calls were seen in the following: