Top Analyst Upgrades & Downgrades: AK Steel, Boeing, Facebook, Newmont, Kinder Morgan, PayPal, State Street and More
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These were the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and other research calls from Thursday, July 27, 2017.
AK Steel Holding Corp. (NYSE: AKS) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow. After closing down almost 7% at $6.24 on Wednesday, the shares were indicated down another 0.5% at $6.20 on Thursday. AK Steel has a 52-week trading range of $3.87 to $11.39.
Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) has seen several post-earnings upgrades, and its shares rose 9.88% to $233.45 on Wednesday and were indicated up marginally higher on Thursday at new all-time highs. Goldman Sachs raised its rating to Neutral from Sell with a $205 price target. Merrill Lynch raised Boeing to Buy from Neutral with a $275 price objective. Credit Suisse raised it to Outperform from Neutral with a $300 target price. Jefferies reiterated its Buy rating and raised its target to $275 from $230. RBC raised its rating to Sector Perform from Underperform with a $235 price target.
Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) posted another strong earnings report, and after closing at $165.61 the stock was up 6.1% at $175.75 on Thursday. Credit Suisse reiterated its Outperform rating and raised its target price to $190 from $180, noting that the strong ad revenue growth will fund Facebook’s video investments. Merrill Lynch reiterated its Buy rating on Facebook and raised its price objective to $190 from $180, with the firm noting that pricing tailwinds are accelerating and more than offsetting impression deceleration at the same time that Instagram and WhatsApp continue to thrive. RBC Capital Markets reiterated its Outperform rating and raised Facebook’s target price to $195 from $185. Morgan Stanley reiterated its Overweight rating and raised its price target to $190 from $175.
Newmont Mining Corp. (NYSE: NEM) was raised to Buy from Hold and the price target was set at $43 (versus a $36.93 prior close) after strong earnings propelled the stock higher this week. The shares were at $33.90 on Monday, and the 52-week range is $30.19 to $46.07. The consensus analyst target price is $40.19.
Kinder Morgan Inc. (NYSE: KMI) was started with a Neutral rating and assigned a $22 price target at Mizuho. The stock closed at $20.34 on Wednesday, in a 52-week range of $18.31 to $23.36, and it has a consensus price target of $24.75.
PayPal Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: PYPL) closed up 1% at $58.79 ahead of earnings, and its stock was up another 2.8% at $60.45 after earnings. PayPal was reiterated as Buy with a $68 target at Jefferies. Wedbush maintained its Outperform rating and $66 target. Credit Suisse reiterated its Outperform rating and raised its target to $63 from $56. PayPal’s prior 52-week range was $36.28 to $59.38.
State Street Corp. (NYSE: STT) was raised to Neutral from Underperform with a $95 price target (versus a $94.28 close) at Evercore ISI. State Street has a 52-week range of $63.58 to $96.26 and a consensus price target of $94.83.
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