Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Caterpillar, Comcast, Fitbit, Groupon, Mattel, Take-Two, Time Warner, Zynga and More
Allstate Corp. (NYSE: ALL) was downgraded to Hold from Buy with a $96 price target (versus a $91.00 close) at Deutsche Bank.
AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. (NYSE: AMC) saw its shares fall almost 27% to $15.20 on Wednesday after confirming the weak earnings and outlook that investors had already been warned about by research calls. AMC took another downgrade on Thursday from Benchmark, cutting the rating to Hold from Buy.
American Tower Corp. (NYSE: AMT) was reiterated as Buy and the price target was raised to $150 from $140 at Argus. The firm noted solid organic growth.
Corvus Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: CRVS) was started as Outperform with a $26 price target (versus an $11.97 close) at Wedbush. The firm believes that believe the strategy of focusing on the majority of patients who do not initially derive clinical benefit from current immune checkpoint approaches will pay off as clinical data matures, and the firm noted that its CPI-444 has demonstrated meaningful anti-tumor activity as monotherapy, as well as in combination in a number of cancer types.
Electro Scientific Industries Inc. (NASDAQ: ESIO) was raised to Buy from Hold with a $12 price target (versus an $8.48 close) at Needham. This call is after it posted a profit in the quarter and its stock was up 23% at $10.47 on Thursday.
Habit Restaurants Inc. (NASDAQ: HABT) was downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform with a $16 price target (versus a $15.55 close) at Cowen. The stock was down 1.3% at $15.55 on Wednesday ahead of earnings and shares were indicated to open down 7.8% at $14.50 on Thursday.
InterXion Holding N.V. (NASDAQ: INXN) was reiterated as Outperform and the price target was raised to $55 from $48 (versus a $49.40 close) at Oppenheimer. The firm noted that strong revenue growth was fueled by solid demand.
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE: JEC) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy with a $66 price target (versus a $53.35 close) at Citigroup.
LendingClub Corp. (NYSE: LC) was raised to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer, with the firm noting that the current share price presents too compelling of an opportunity. LendingClub closed down 2.5% at $4.96 on Wednesday, and it has a 52-week range of $4.30 to $6.78. The stock was indicated up 2.3% at $5.07 on Thursday.
Oclaro Inc. (NASDAQ: OCLR) was reiterated as Buy and the price target was raised to $12.50 from $12.00 (versus a $9.13 close) at Jefferies. Oclaro was last seen up 10% after earnings of 20 cents beat expectations.
Oshkosh Corp. (NYSE: OSK) was raised to Neutral from Underperform with a $78 price target (versus a $72.39 close) at Merrill Lynch.
Prosperity Bancshares Inc. (NYSE: PB) was started with an Overweight rating and assigned a $72 price target (versus a $65.53 close) at Barclays.
SodaStream International Ltd. (NASDAQ: SODA) was raised to Positive from Neutral with a $79 price target (versus a $54.55 close) at Susquehanna. This is after SodaStream beat earnings, but its stock was lower in the after-hours period on Wednesday. On last look, SodaStream shares were indicated up 1.7% at $55.50 ahead of Thursday’s opening bell.
SunTrust Banks Inc. (NYSE: STI) was raised to Equal Weight from Underweight and was given a $63 price target (versus a $57.64 close) at Morgan Stanley.
Vulcan Materials Co. (NYSE: VMC) was up 3.3% at $123.12 on Wednesday ahead of earnings. Vulcan was raised to Overweight from Equal Weight with a $145 price target (versus a $123.12 close) at Stephens.
Wednesday’s top analyst calls included Apple, Caterpillar, Pfizer, Royal Caribbean, Shopify, Under Armour, Walmart and many more.