Stocks have been trading mixed for the better part of two weeks now, and the major indices were looking for direction on Friday. The bull market is now over nine years old, and investors still are considering how they want to be positioned for the rest of 2018 and beyond. One trend that has kept working is for investors to buy all the big pullbacks.
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These were the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and other research calls from Friday, March 16, 2018.
Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC) was reiterated as Outperform and the price target was raised to $36 from $35 at Credit Suisse, with the firm raising earnings estimates in 2018 and 2019. Bank of America has a 52-week trading range of $22.07 to $33.05, and it has a consensus analyst target price of $34.62.
Broadcom Ltd. (NASDAQ: AVGO) was up 2.75% at $267.76 ahead of earnings and was last seen down 1.6% at $263.50 afterward. JPMorgan started coverage as Overweight with a $340 price target, and Wells Fargo started coverage as Market Perform. Broadcom has a 52-week range of $208.44 to $285.68.
Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P. (NYSE: BIP) was started with an Outperform rating at CIBC. Shares closed at $40.50 and have a 52-week range of $36.51 to $46.88.
Dominion Energy Inc. (NYSE: D) was downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan, and UBS downgraded it to Neutral from Buy. The shares closed down 3.1% at $71.24 on Thursday and were indicated down 0.7% at $70.75 on Friday.
Farmland Partners Inc. (NYSE: FPI) was downgraded to Neutral from Outperform and the $9 fair value estimate was maintained as Janney. The firm fears an expected global retaliation against tariffs with respect to U.S. exports of soybeans, corn, wheat and other agricultural products.
Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) was started with a Neutral rating and assigned a $4.80 price target (versus a $4.76 prior close) at Barclays. Intelsat has a 52-week range of $2.44 to $7.47 and a consensus price target of $3.44.
Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) was started with a Buy rating and assigned a $325 price target at Loop Capital. Netflix has a 52-week range of $138.66 to $333.98 and a consensus price target of $280.15.
NextEra Energy Partners L.P. (NYSE: NEP) was raised to Buy from Underperform with a $43 price objective (versus a $39.12 close) at Merrill Lynch, with the firm noting that it has a strong pipeline through 2022.
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