Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: AXA Equitable, Dollar General, Five Below, Macy’s, SM Energy, Trade Desk, Whirlpool and More

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Whirlpool Corp. (NYSE: WHR) was raised to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse. The 52-week range for the appliance giant is $143.11 to $202.29. The consensus price target is $187.30, and the stock closed Friday at $145.31.

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Inc. (NYSE: WH) was started with an Outperform rating and a $69 price objective at Oppenheimer. Stifel initiated coverage with a Buy rating and $68 target, while Goldman Sachs started coverage with a Buy rating and an $82 target. The stock was another May IPO, and its shares closed Friday at $61.40.

Other key analysts upgrades and downgrades were seen in the following.

Colfax Corp. (NYSE: CFX) was downgraded to Underperform from Buy at Merrill Lynch. The 52-week trading range is $29.03 to $43.29. The consensus price objective is $36.36, and shares ended trading last Friday at $30.77.

e.l.f. Beauty Inc. (NYSE: ELF) was started with a Buy rating and a $23 price target at Oppenheimer. That compares with the Wall Street consensus price target of $20.67. The stock closed trading last Friday at $18.38.

Northwestern Corp. (NYSE: NWE) was raised to Overweight from Equal Weight and a $60 price target at KeyBanc Capital Markets. The consensus price target is $53.50, and shares ended trading last Friday at $54.00.

Origin Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: OBNK) was started with an Overweight rating and a $43 price target at Stephens. The consensus target price was not available as the company had a recent IPO. The shares have traded between $34.00 and $39.62 since the deal was priced. The stock closed trading on Friday at $38.41.

PBF Energy Inc. (NYSE: PBF) was raised to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James, which also had a $60 price objective. That compares with the consensus target of $3.23. The shares closed trading on Friday at $48.67, up over 3%.

Select Energy Services Inc. (NYSE: WTTR) was started with an Outperform rating at RBC Capital Markets, and the firm has a $20 price target. The consensus target is $20.72, and the stock closed trading on Friday at $13.45.

Ventas Inc. (NYSE: VTR) was started with a Neutral rating at Cantor Fitzgerald. The 52-week trading range is $46.55 to $72.36, and the consensus price target is $54.13. The stock closed right at that level on Friday, at $54.84.

Viper Energy Partners L.P. (NASDAQ: VNOM) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel. The 52-week trading range for the company is $14.76 to $32.73. The consensus price target is $34.64. The shares closed Friday at $30.40 down almost 7%.

In case you missed it, last Friday’s top analyst upgrades and downgrades included AbbVie, Dana, Humana, International Paper, Navistar, Southwest Airlines, Tesla and more.

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