The stock market may have sold off on Tuesday after Jerome Powell gave his first testimony as Federal Reserve chair to Congress, but much of the move was just a giveback of the prior day’s gains. Stocks were indicated marginally higher on Wednesday morning after fourth-quarter gross domestic product was revised to 2.5% from 2.6%. The bull market is now about a week away from being nine years old. The one trend that keeps proving to be right for investors has been to buy the dips after every sell-off. Investors still have to decide how they want to be positioned for 2018 and beyond.
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The following are the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and other research calls from Wednesday, February 28, 2018.
Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. (NYSE: AEM) was raised to Buy from Hold with a $53 price target (versus a $38.60 prior close) at TD Securities.
Allete Inc. (NYSE: ALE) was started with a Buy rating and assigned a $71.50 price target (versus a $68.25 close) at Mizuho.
Archer Daniels Midland Co. (NYSE: ADM) was raised to Buy from Neutral with a $47 price target (versus a $41.64 close) at Buckingham Research.
Celgene Corp. (NASDAQ: CELG) was last seen down 6% at $90.00 after an FDA application was deemed to be insufficient. Credit Suisse maintained its Outperform rating but lowered its target price to $129 from $130. SunTrust Robinson Humphrey downgraded Celgene to Hold from Buy with a new $106 target price. Stifel maintained its Buy rating but trimmed its target to $128 from $130.
Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX) was raised to Buy from Neutral at Merrill Lynch, but the $138 price target (versus a $113.61 close) is unchanged. This is ahead of its analysts day.
Enphase Energy Inc. (NASDAQ: ENPH) was up 4% at $2.79 on Tuesday and was up another 11% at $3.10 on Wednesday morning. The 52-week trading range is $0.65 to $3.45.
Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) was reiterated as Buy with a $102 price target at Merrill Lynch, noting that similar shale growth and an overlooked outlook make it more attractive with more upside than Chevron.
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