Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: AT&T, BlackRock, Broadcom, Diageo, Kinross Gold, United Rentals, Williams-Sonoma and More

Stocks were looking for direction on Friday, with mixed results in the major equity index futures this Friday the 13th. Investors have had less faith buying the dips in 2018 than in prior years. Many of those investors also have been concerned about how they want their investments positioned ahead of the midterm elections and into international trade concerns and for the longer-term into 2019 and beyond.

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These were the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and other research calls from Friday, July 13, 2018.

Acceleron Pharma Inc. (NASDAQ: XLRN) was downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight with a $50 price target (versus a $47.11 prior close) at Morgan Stanley.

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) was downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James. The stock was indicated down 1.5% at $31.75 after the Department of Justice appealed the approval AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner.

Bank of New York Mellon Corp. (NYSE: BK) was downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James.

BlackRock Inc. (NYSE: BLK) was raised to Outperform with a $590 price target (versus a $506.67 close) at Keefe Bruyette & Woods. BlackRock was just included on Thursday among Credit Suisse’s updated Top Picks list of stocks with over 50% in implied upside to its target.

Broadcom Ltd. (NASDAQ: AVGO) was downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform with a $230 price target (versus a $209.98 close) at BMO Capital Markets. Raymond James downgraded Broadcom to Market Perform from Strong Buy after the CA acquisition as well.

Diageo PLC (NYSE: DEO) was raised to Buy from Neutral at Goldman Sachs. Argus started Diageo with a Buy rating and a $168 price target (versus a $147.48 close), with the independent research firm talking up Diageo’s strong brands, its leading position in many spirits categories and a relatively low-cost structure.

Galmed Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (NASDAQ: GLMD) was started with a Buy rating and assigned a $35 price target at Stifel.

Hecla Mining Co. (NYSE: HL) was downgraded to Hold from Buy with a $3.75 target price (versus a $3.48 close) at Canaccord Genuity.

Incyte Corp. (NASDAQ: INCY) was downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley.

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