Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Charter Communications, Corning, Kohl’s, Lululemon, Nike, Verizon and More

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Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) was raised to Buy from Neutral at Goldman Sachs. The 52-week trading range for the telecommunications giant is $42.80 to $54.77, and the consensus price target is posted at $55.68. The stock ended trading on Wednesday at $48.09.

Westlake Chemical Corp. (NYSE: WLK) was raised to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein, which also had a $150 price target on the shares. The consensus target is set at $122.11, and the shares ended trading on Wednesday at $104.99.

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

AMC Networks Inc. (NASDAQ: AMCX) was downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Bernstein. The 52-week trading range is $46.89 to $69.02. The consensus price target is posted at $61.10, but the stock closed Wednesday at $67.42.

Actuant Inc. (NYSE: ATU) was downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan. The 52-week trading range is $21.50 to $30, and the consensus price target is $26.13. With the shares closing at $29.05, this could be a valuation call.

NuVasive Inc. (NASDAQ: NUVA) was downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan. The stock has traded between $44.62 and $81.88 a share over the past year. The consensus price target was last seen at $59.56, and the shares ended Wednesday at $56.68 apiece.

Parker-Hannifin Corp. (NYSE: PH) was downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo. The 52-week trading range is $153.65 to $212.80, and the consensus price target is $196. The stock closed Wednesday at $164.47.

Synaptics Inc. (NASDAQ: SYNA) was removed from the Focus List at JPMorgan. The stock has traded in a 52-week range of $33.73 to $61.18. The consensus price target is $49.85, but the shares closed Wednesday at $54.46.

Syntel Inc. (NASDAQ: SYNT) was downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo. The 52-week trading range is $15.88 to $34.18, and the consensus price objective is set at $28.80. The stock ended trading on Wednesday at $34.07.

Terex Corp. (NYSE: TEX) was raised to Buy from Hold at Jefferies. The stock has traded in a 52-week range of $34.21 to $50.17. The consensus price target is $44.41, and the stock closed Wednesday at $39.92.

In case you missed it, Wednesday’s top analyst upgrades and downgrades included Citigroup, Oracle, PTC Therapeutics, Starbucks, Tableau Software, Williams-Sonoma and more.

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