Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Adobe, BofA, Boston Scientific, Facebook, Las Vegas Sands, Merck, Tilray, TJX, Valero and More

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Stocks were indicated higher on Tuesday after a follow-on rally failed to hold by Monday’s close. While the market’s all-time highs are still within striking distance, investors have seen lower upside from buying immediately after the big market pullbacks in 2018 than in prior years. And the financial media keeps referring to a “peak cycle” with strong earnings. Now investors have to be considering how they want to position their investments for the rest of the year and into 2019.

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These are the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen on Tuesday, October 16, 2018.

Abbott Laboratories (NYSE: ABT) was started as Overweight and assigned an $80 target price at Barclays. Abbott Labs closed at $68.70 ahead of this call, and it has a 52-week trading range of $53.61 to $74.15 and a consensus target price of $76.94.

Adobe Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: ADBE) was reiterated as Overweight and the price target was raised to $304 from $297 at Barclays. Adobe closed at $238.01 ahead of this call, and it has a 52-week range of $148.15 to $277.61 and a consensus target price of $290.28.

Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC) was maintained as Market Perform at BMO Capital Markets, but the firm raised its target price to $36 from $35. Bank of America shares closed at $27.92 ahead of this call, and they have a 52-week trading range of $25.81 to $33.05 and a consensus target price of $34.79.

Baxter International Inc. (NYSE: BAX) was started as Underweight and assigned a $73 target price (versus a $70.87 close) at Barclays.

Boston Scientific Corp. (NYSE: BSX) was started as Overweight and assigned a $43 price target at Barclays. The stock closed at $36.43 ahead of this call. It has a 52-week range of $24.54 to $39.44 and a consensus target price of $41.57.

Edwards Lifesciences Corp. (NYSE: EW) was started with an Underweight rating and assigned a $143 target price (versus a $141.79 close) at Barclays.

Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) was maintained as Buy but the target price was lowered to $185 from $200 at Citigroup. Shares closed at $153.52 ahead of this call, in a 52-week range of $149.02 to $218.62. The consensus target price is $208.17. Facebook was down 29% from its 52-week highs as of Monday afternoon.

Harris Corp. (NYSE: HRS) was reiterated as Outperform and the target price was raised to $190 from $180 at Raymond James. This was after Harris shares rose almost 12% to $173.25 on news that it was merging with L3 Technologies.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS) was raised to Buy from Hold and the price target was set at $69 at HSBC. Las Vegas Sands closed at $55.82 ahead of this call, and it has a 52-week range of $55.05 to $81.45 and a consensus target price of $76.75.

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