Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Chevron, First Data,, MongoDB, PG&E, Rite Aid, Tilray, Vodafone and More

Stocks were indicated marginally higher on Thursday, but not so much that the direction of the trading day looked set in stone. The major market equity indexes recently hit all-time highs, but investors have seen less upside when they have bought pullbacks. This is also a time when investors need to be considering how they want their investments positioned for the rest of 2018.

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These are the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen on Thursday, September 6, 2018.

Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy and the price objective was lowered to $135 from $150 at Merrill Lynch.

ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Merrill Lynch.

DocuSign Inc. (NASDAQ: DOCU) was reiterated Equal Weight but the price target was raised to $50 from $46 at Morgan Stanley. JMP Securities also reiterated it, as Market Outperform, with the target raised to $68 from $63.

Eldorado Gold Corp. (NYSE: EGO) was downgraded to Reduce from Hold with a $0.80 price target (versus a $0.92 prior close) at TD Securities.

First Data Corp. (NYSE: FDC) was reiterated as Outperform and the price target was raised to $30 from $25 at Wedbush Securities.

Franklin Resources Inc. (NYSE: BEN) was downgraded to Underweight and the target was cut to $29 from $32 (versus a $31.42 close) at JPMorgan.

Inseego Corp. (NASDAQ: INSG) was raised to Buy from Hold and with a $4.50 price target (versus a $3.50 close) at Canaccord Genuity. Inc. (NASDAQ: JD) has had a rough week after its CEO was arrested in Minnesota, and with the shares down an additional 10.6% at $26.30 on Wednesday. Stifel lowered its price target to $39 from $48, citing “key person risk” as the negativity could be an overhang on the stock.

MongoDB Inc. (NASDAQ: MDB) was down 2.2% at $72.04 on Wednesday ahead of earnings, and the post-earnings reaction was down another 2.75% at $70.10 on Thursday. KeyBanc Capital Markets reiterated its Overweight rating and raised the price target to $88 from $62. Stifel reiterated its Buy rating and raised its target to $80 from $53.

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