Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Best Buy, Equifax, Gilead, MongoDB, NVIDIA, Rio Tinto, Teva, UPS and More
Stocks were indicated to open lower on Monday, with all major U.S. equity indexes down about 0.3% on average. What investors still need to consider is that the stock indexes have bumped up against all-time highs, and the trend that has dominated is that investors have bought every major sell-off for more than five years now. Investors are also looking for new investing and trading ideas to generate gains and income ahead.
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These were the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and other research calls from Monday, November 13, 2017.
Best Buy Co. Inc. (NYSE: BBY) is set to report earnings this week, and Jefferies maintained a Hold rating and $60 target (versus a $56.68 prior close). Their valuation target is close enough now, but the firm’s checks indicate a 4.5% comparable sales estimate (at the low end of the 4.5% to 5.5% plan) and it sees strength in appliances, mobile, gaming and connected home. Wedbush maintained an Underperform rating and $33 target, noting that it expects comparable sales to decline in the fourth quarter and over the long term from online competition.
Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel. Shares closed down 0.2% at $108.74 on Friday and were indicated down just over 1% at $107.55 on Monday. The 52-week trading range is $89.59 to $147.02, and the consensus analyst target price was last seen at $123.07.
Gilead Sciences Inc. (NASDAQ: GILD) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus on Monday, with the firm being concerned about a steepening decline of hepatitis C and flattening HIV drug sales. Shares were up 1% at $73.77 on Friday, but the stock was down 0.7% to $73.25 on Monday. Gilead has a 52-week range of $63.76 to $86.27 and a consensus target price of $84.90.
MongoDB Inc. (NASDAQ: MDB) has seen its IPO quiet period come to an end, and the old $24 IPO price was at $30.20 as of Friday, and shares were indicated up about 2% at $30.79 on Monday. Morgan Stanley started it as Equal Weight with a $31 target, while Stifel started it as Buy with a $34 target. Barclays started MongoDB as Overweight and with a $38 target, and Goldman Sachs started it as Neutral with a $30 target.
NVIDIA Corp. (NASDAQ: NVDA) was raised to Market Perform from Underperform at BMO Capital Markets. It was up 5.2% at$216.14 on Friday, and the stock hit an all-time high of $218.67 after earnings strength. NVIDIA shares were last seen down only about 0.1% at $215.90 on Monday.
Rio Tinto PLC (NYSE: RIO) was downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan. Its American depositary shares closed up 0.8% at $49.51 on Friday but were indicated down 1.8% at $48.63 on Monday. The 52-week range is $36.25 to $50.77, and the consensus target price is $55.60.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE: TEVA) was downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan. Teva was down 0.6% at $11.78 on Friday and indicated down another 2.5% at $11.48 on Monday. The 52-week range is $10.85 to $41.19, and the consensus target price was last seen at $14.83.
United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE: UPS) was started as Buy with a $148 price target (versus a $113.23 close) at Goldman Sachs. UPS was indicated up almost 1% at $114.30 on Monday, in a 52-week range of $102.12 to $121.75 and with a consensus analyst target of $121.38.
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