Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Abbott Labs, Alphabet, AMD, FireEye, Gap, Golar LNG, Nike and More

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The futures traded lower again Thursday morning as investors continue to ride what has been a roller-coaster of a week in the markets. With many of the third-quarter earnings reports from the top companies coming in strong, the overall consensus for the rest of the year remains positive. The stock market’s all-time highs are still within striking distance, but investors have seen lower upside from buying immediately after the big market pullbacks in 2018 than in prior years.

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These are the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen on Thursday, October 18, 2018.

Abbott Laboratories (NYSE: ABT) saw its target price raised to $80 from $74 at Jefferies, and the firm reiterated a Buy rating on the shares. That compares with the Wall Street consensus price target of $77.76. The company posted inline third-quarter results but had 8% underlying sales growth for the second consecutive quarter. The stock closed Wednesday at $70.23.

Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) saw its price target raised to $33 from $30 at Cowen. The consensus price target for the semiconductor leader is posted at $25.64. The stock closed trading on Wednesday at $27.30 a share.

Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) was started with an Outperform rating and a price target of $1,350 at Wedbush. That compares with the consensus price objective of $1,354. The shares closed trading on Wednesday at $1,115.69.

Dana Inc. (NYSE: DAN) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Merrill Lynch. The shares have traded in a 52-week range of $15.89 to $35.27, and the consensus price objective is set at $24. The stock ended trading on Wednesday at $16.44.

EnLink Midstream Partners L.P. (NYSE: ENLK) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup. The 52-week trading range for the shares is $12.75 to $19.45, and the consensus price target is set at $18.25. Given that the stock closed at $18.34, this may be a valuation call.

FireEye Inc. (NASDAQ: FEYE) was started with an Outperform rating at Baird. The 52-week trading range for the security software company is $13.40 to $19.36. The consensus price target is $9.43. The shares ended trading on Wednesday at $17.84.

Fluor Corp. (NYSE: FLR) was raised to Buy from Neutral at Goldman Sachs. The 52-week trading range for the stock is $42.27 to $62.09, and the consensus price target is $60.71. The stock was hammered recently after the company posted disappointing third-quarter results, and shares closed Wednesday at $46.74.

Golar LNG Ltd. (NASDAQ: GLNG) was raised to Buy from Neutral at Merrill Lynch. The stock has traded between $19.32 and $35.54 apiece over the past year. The consensus price target for the shares is $36.63. The stock ended trading on Wednesday at $27.95.

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