Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: AIG, Baxter, Cisco, Eiger Bio, Energy Transfer, Juniper, NOV, Phillips 66, Valero and Many More

Stocks have seen a recovery for much of the week, but major equity indexes were all marginally lower on Thursday morning. The trend of endless buying the dips has not worked well lately, and many investors are wondering whether the best has been seen for 2018.  Now all investors have to consider how they want their investments positioned for the longer term.

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These were the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and other research calls from Thursday, May 17, 2018.

American International Group Inc. (NYSE: AIG) was raised to Buy from Neutral with a $65 price target (versus a $53.71 prior close) at UBS. AIG has a 52-week trading range of $49.57 to $67.30 and a consensus analyst price target of $63.50.

Baxter International Inc. (NYSE: BAX) was started as Overweight and assigned a $77 price target (versus a $70.74 close) at Piper Jaffray. The 52-week range is $56.54 to $72.58, and the consensus price target is $77.21.

Canadian National Railway Co. (NYSE: CNI) was raised to Buy from Underperform with a $93 price objective (versus an $83.18 close) at Merrill Lynch in a less common two-notch analyst upgrade.

Celanese Corp. (NYSE: CE) was raised to Buy from Neutral with a $130 price target (versus a $111.10 close) at UBS. The shares were up 2.6% on Wednesday and were basically flat on Thursday. Celanese has a consensus price target of $123.90.

Cenovus Energy Inc. (NYSE: CVE) was raised to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital Markets. It was up almost 1% on Wednesday at $52.56 and was indicated up another 1.5% at $53.35 on Thursday. Cenovus has a consensus target price of $58.20 and has a 52-week range of $37.02 to $62.24.

Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) was down 0.7% ahead of earnings, and it was last seen down almost 4% at $53.40, in a 52-week range of $30.36 to $46.37. Credit Suisse maintained its Neutral rating and $41 price target on Cisco, which had a $49.71 consensus target price.

Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (NASDAQ: CMTL) was started with a Neutral rating and assigned a $33 price target (versus a $31.27 close) at Citigroup.

Eiger BioPharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: EIGR) has been quite volatile over the past year and some analysts have made very aggressive price targets. The latest was Wedbush Securities, raising its $36 price target (more than 200% above the $11.85 close after an 8.2% gain on Wednesday) up to an even more aggressive $56 target. The consensus target was $24.17 ahead of this call, and the 52-week range is $6.10 to $16.20.

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