Stocks have hit new highs and the Dow Jones Industrial Average went well above 23,000 by 300 points last week. Stocks were also indicated to open higher on Monday. The trend that has prevailed for more than five years now is that investors keep finding new reasons to buy stocks after every major sell-off. Those same investors are also hunting for new investing and trading ideas to generate gains and income ahead.
24/7 Wall St. reviews dozens of analyst research reports each day of the week in an effort to find new investing and trading ideas for our readers. Some of the top analyst reports cover stocks to buy, while other calls cover stocks to sell or to avoid.
Consensus analyst price target data and valuation metrics are from the Thomson Reuters sell-side research service. Additional color and commentary has been added on most of these daily analyst calls.
These were the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and other research calls from Monday, October 23, 2017.
Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup. Piper Jaffray assumed coverage of Biogen as Overweight. The stock was down 1.26% at $338.10 on Friday and was indicated down 1.1% at $334.30 on Monday. It has a 52-week trading range of $244.28 to $348.84.
Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX) was downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital Markets. Equifax was down 0.5% at $109.97 on Friday and was indicated down 0.5% at $109.40 on Monday. It has a 52-week range of $89.59 to $147.02 and a consensus target price of 124.62.
Foot Locker Inc. (NYSE: FL) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy with a $29 price target (versus a $31.28 prior close) at Buckingham Research. The shares were up almost 1% at $31.28 on Friday but were indicated down 1.5% at $30.82 on Monday. Foot Locker has a 52-week range of $30.58 to $79.43 and a consensus target price target of $41.78.
General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) was downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley. UBS also downgraded GE to Neutral from Buy after Friday’s earnings. In a rather against-the-grain call, Merrill Lynch raised its rating to Buy from Neutral with a $27 price objective, but the firm lowered earnings and dividend expectations. 24/7 Wall St. identified 10 harsh realities GE shareholders will have to deal with from 2018 through 2020. Shares of GE hit a 52-week low of $22.10 on Friday after poor earnings, but closed up 1% at $23.83 after the market absorbed the new CEO comments. The shares were indicated down 1.5% at $23.47 on Monday.
NVIDIA Corp. (NASDAQ: NVDA) was reiterated as Buy and the price target was raised to $230 from $180 (versus a $196.90 close) at Jefferies. The firm believes that NVIDIA’s Volta GPU with its tensor cores keeps it well ahead of competition in neural network training and will translate to upside surprises over the next 18 to 24 months.
Rio Tinto PLC (NYSE: RIO) was downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital Markets. The American depositary shares were up 0.5% at $48.37 on Friday and were indicated down 1% at $47.87 on Monday.
Roku Inc. (NASDAQ: ROKU) has seen its quiet period come to an end and many of the firms have cautious ratings after a strong post-IPO trading. Roku was started as Perform at Oppenheimer. Citigroup started it as Neutral with a $24 price target. RBC Capital Markets started it as Sector Perform with a $26 price target. Needham started it as Buy with a $28 price target. Shares closed down 0.7% at $21.87 on Friday and were indicated up three cents at $21.90 on Monday. Its post-IPO range is $15.75 to $29.80.
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