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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Accenture, Amex, Cognizant, FireEye, Mastercard, PayPal, Verizon, Visa and More

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE: JEC) was raised to Buy from Neutral with a $71 price target (versus a $56.23 close) at MKM Partners.

Mastercard Inc. (NYSE: MA) was started as Outperform with a $207 price target at Bernstein. Shares closed down 2.6% at $172.52 on Tuesday. The credit card processing giant has a 52-week range of $111.01 to $183.73 and a consensus price target of $194.70.

MediciNova Inc. (NASDAQ: MNOV) was started with a Buy rating and assigned a $22 price target (versus an $11.63 close) at B. Riley. Shares closed down 6.3% on Tuesday, and they have a 52-week range of $4.40 to $14.50.

PayPal Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: PYPL) was started as Market Perform with an $82 price target at Bernstein. PayPal has a 52-week range of $42.06 to $86.32. The consensus price target is $85.38.

Rockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE: ROK) was raised to Outperform from Market Perform and the new target price is $205 (versus a $173.21 close) at Wells Fargo.

Tallgrass Energy Partners L.P. (NYSE: TEP) was downgraded to Hold from Buy with a $48 price target (versus a $37.60 close) at Stifel.

Tandem Diabetes Care Inc. (NASDAQ: TNDM) was raised to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen.

Unilever N.V. (NYSE: UN) was raised to Buy from Neutral at UBS.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) was raised to Buy from Hold with a $55 price target (versus a $47.31 close) at HSBC. The stock closed up 0.5% on Tuesday despite the big sell-off. The 52-week range is $42.80 to $54.77 and the consensus price target is $55.96. Verizon’s current yield is now 5%.

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) was started as Outperform with a $143 price target at Bernstein. Visa closed down 2.7% at $117.40 on Tuesday, and it has a 52-week range of $88.13 to $126.88.

RBC has identified five top industrial takeover candidates for 2018 or 2019.

Jefferies has also identified four biotech and biohealth stocks that could become acquisition targets in a space that never seems to stop having mergers and acquisitions.

There are 10 stocks to own if a bear market does come in 2019, and some of these stocks proved them right because they rallied during Tuesday’s big sell-off.

Tuesday’s top analyst calls included Albermarle, BB&T, Cheniere Energy Partners, Chesapeake Energy, Kinder Morgan, Red Hat, Roku and many more.

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