Stocks were indicated higher on Tuesday, although on a much more muted tune than the 320-point Dow Jones industrials gain and the 24-point gain on the S&P 500 seen on Monday. The prior trend of buying every dip and sell-off has been less reliable during most of 2018 than in prior years. Many investors now are considering how they want their investments positioned ahead of the midterm elections and also for the longer term into 2019 and beyond.
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These were the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and other research calls from Tuesday, July 10, 2018.
American Tower Corp. (NYSE: AMT) was downgraded to Neutral from Overweight and the price target was cut to $150 from $160 at JPMorgan. The shares closed down 2.5% at $142.18 on Monday, in a 52-week range of $130.37 to $155.28 and with a consensus target price of $158.68.
Apptio Inc. (NASDAQ: APTI) was downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc Capital Markets.
Asbury Automotive Group Inc. (NYSE: ABG) was raised to Equal Weight from Underweight and the price target was raised to $71 from $63 at Morgan Stanley.
AutoNation Inc. (NYSE: AN) was downgraded to Underweight from Overweight and the price target was cut to $44 from $57 at Morgan Stanley.
Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB) shares may have risen handily after positive Alzheimer’s delay news on its drug, but Robert W. Baird downgraded the stock to Neutral from Outperform with a $323 price target. Shares closed down 1% at $354.00 on Monday and were indicated down 1.4% at $349.00 on Tuesday. Biogen was trading at $298.81 last week before the positive Alzheimer’s drug news broke.
CarMax Inc. (NYSE: KMX) was raised to Overweight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley.
Casa Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CASA) was raised to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley. The firm said the recent selling in the shares puts it at a discount when it has a strong customer base and has market expansion. The stock closed down 2.5% at $16.38 on Monday, and the $13 IPO price compares with a high of $34.21.
Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (NYSE: CMG) was downgraded to Underperform from Neutral but the price target was raised to $330 from $300 at Mizuho. This is after the shares closed at $463.89.
Contravir Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: CTRV) was raised to Buy from Hold at Maxim Group.
eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) was downgraded to Hold from Buy and the price target was cut to $40 from $48 at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey. It closed up 1.4% at $37.91 on Monday but was indicated down 1.1% at $37.49 in Tuesday’s premarket. The consensus target price is $48.50, and the 52-week range is $33.95 to $46.99.
Helen of Troy Ltd. (NASDAQ: HELE) was up 12.6% at $114.85 on Monday after strong earnings. Merrill Lynch raised its rating to Buy from Neutral and put its price objective at $127.
Imperva Inc. (NASDAQ: IMPV) was raised to Overweight from Sector Weight at KeyBanc Capital Markets.
iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT) was downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James.
Old National Bancorp (NYSE: ONB) was downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James.
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