Investors have been handed a solid reminder that the bull market can still have a correction. Shares are down 10% off the highs, but it had been two years since there was even a 5% correction, and some of the international markets are performing even worse. While no strategy can be counted on forever, this nine-year bull market has a five-year winning track record of investors buying the pullbacks.
Investors also are still looking at how they should position their portfolios for 2018 and beyond. The market is facing higher wages and higher inflation concerns, while it also expects rising interest rates, a further boost from tax reform, accelerated corporate earnings and stronger growth of gross domestic product. The sell-off has so far not changed expectations for those fundamentals.
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These were the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and other research calls from Friday, February 9, 2018.
American International Group Inc. (NYSE: AIG) was down 3.6% at $58.28 on Thursday, but the stock was indicated up 1.6% at $59.40 on Friday. AIG was raised to Buy from Neutral with a $70 price objective at Merrill Lynch. The firm noted AIG’s encouraging earnings results and the pullback in the shares as the reason for the upgrade.
Control4 Corp. (NASDAQ: CTRL) was raised to Buy from Hold with a $36 price target (versus a $25.20 prior close) at Maxim Group.
California Resources Corp. (NYSE: CRC) was raised to Buy from Hold with a $25 price target at Soc-Gen. Shares closed down 6.9% at $17.91 on Thursday and were indicated up at $18.25 on Friday morning.
Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. (NASDAQ: DNKN) has held its Investor Day, and its shares were up 0.5% at $59.16 on Thursday when the Dow Jones industrial average was down 1,000 points. Credit Suisse reiterated Dunkin’ Brands as Outperform, noting that its post-event review shows that shares could perk up and that it feels defensive considering an asset-light model. Wedbush Securities maintained its Neutral rating and $60 target.
Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE: EMR) was raised to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
Expedia Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) was down almost 5% at $123.03 on Thursday and was indicated down over 16% at $102.75 on Friday after earnings contained a disappointing 2018 outlook. Needham downgraded Expedia to Hold from Buy. Oppenheimer maintained its Outperform rating but cut its target to $130 from $150. Credit Suisse maintained its Outperform rating but cut its target price to $132 from $151. Citigroup maintained its Buy rating and cut its target from $170 to $140.
FireEye Inc. (NASDAQ: FEYE) was down 0.3% at $14.12 ahead of earnings on Thursday, but the shares were last seen up 13% at almost $16 after earnings. The stock was raised to Positive from Neutral with a $20 price target at Susquehanna. Wedbush maintained its Neutral rating and $15 price target.
Intercontinental Exchange Inc. (NYSE: ICE) was reiterated as Buy with a target price of $80 (versus a $67.00 close) at Argus.
Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) was down 3.6% at $79.90, but this was a $90 stock earlier in the week, before its outlook disappointed investors. Argus maintained its Buy rating and has a $106 price target. The research firm sees opportunities for margin improvement as Microchip continues to build scale and strengthen its nontechnology customer base.
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