Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Ally, Chesapeake Energy, Chipotle, EA, HP, PepsiCo, Snap, Starbucks, Yum Brands and More

Stocks traded lower early Thursday after having hit all-time highs this week on the heels of a North America trade pact and after comments by Federal Reserve Chair Powell about the strength of the economy. The 10-year Treasury yield is now up to 3.20% and the 30-year Treasury yield is 3.36%, and now the 3% prior resistance may be support.

While the U.S. indexes are effectively at all-time highs, many investors have seen lower upside from buying on market pullbacks than in prior years. Now the investing community has to consider how to position their investments for the rest of 2018 and into 2019.

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These are the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen on Thursday, October 4, 2018.

Ally Financial Inc. (NYSE: ALLY) was reiterated as Outperform and the price target was raised to $35 from $34 (versus a $26.85 prior close) at Oppenheimer.

Atlassian Corp. PLC (NASDAQ: TEAM) was downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley. Shares closed at $92.90 on Wednesday, in a 52-week range of $36.09 to $98.21.

Chesapeake Energy Corp. (NYSE: CHK) was started as Equal Weight and the price target was set at $5 (versus a $4.73 close) at Morgan Stanley. Chesapeake has a 52-week range of $2.53 to $5.60 and a consensus target price of $4.49.

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (NYSE: CMG) was started with an Overweight rating and assigned a $500 price target (versus a $436.44 close) at KeyBanc Capital Markets. The stock indicated marginally higher on Thursday, and it has a consensus target price of $466.63 and a 52-week trading range of $247.52 to $530.68.

Cloudera Inc. (NYSE: CLDR) was up 1% at $17.08 on Wednesday but was indicated up 22.5% at $20.90 on Thursday after announcing a $5.2 billion merger with HortonWorks. Stifel reiterated it as Buy and raised the price target to $25 from $22.

Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) was raised to Overweight from Neutral and the price target was raised to $188 from $143 (versus a $150.59 close) at Piper Jaffray.

Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) was started with a Buy rating at Buckingham Research, which assigned a $143 price target (versus a $116.39 close). EA has a consensus target price of $140.92 and a 52-week range of $99.63 to $151.26.

HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) was reiterated as Buy and the target price was raised to $32 from $29 (versus a $26.06 close) at Maxim Group.

IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ: IAC) was reiterated as Buy and the price target was raised to $260 from $240 (versus a $212.31 close) at Jefferies.

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