Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: AT&T, Boeing, Hilton, KB Home, Microsoft, Norfolk Southern, Pandora, UPS and More

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Stocks were trying to open higher after a big stock market flush on Wednesday took out other recent lows. Some investors may still be bullish long term, but they also have to keep in mind that they have seen lower upside from buying immediately after the big market pullbacks in 2018 than in prior years. The investors need to consider 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 Thursday, October 25, 2018.

Ambev S.A. (NYSE: ABEV) was downgraded to Underperform from Neutral with a $4.60 price objective for its American depositary shares at Merrill Lynch. The stock was down 5.6% on Wednesday.

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) closed down 8% at $30.36 on Wednesday, but independent research firm Argus reaffirmed its Buy rating and $48 price target on the stock.

Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) was reiterated as Buy with an official target price of $395 at Argus, but the firm noted that its dividend discount model would yield a $420 fair value target. Despite Wednesday’s major sell-off, Boeing closed up 1.3% at $354.65.

Hibbett Sports Inc. (NASDAQ: HIBB) was downgraded to Neutral from Positive and that target was cut to $15 from $25 (versus a $16.85 prior close) at Susquehanna.

Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HLT) was raised to Outperform from Market Perform but the target was lowered to $74 from $87 at Wells Fargo. Separately, B. Riley raised Hilton to Buy from Hold but lowered its target to $85 from $91.

Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE: ITW) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy and the target price was lowered to $132 from $170 at Seaport Global.

Ingersoll-Rand PLC (NYSE: IR) was raised to Overweight from Sector Weight with a $112 target price at KeyBanc Capital Markets.

KB Home (NYSE: KBH) was raised to Outperform from In-Line at Evercore ISI Group.

Laboratory Corp. of America (NYSE: LH) was downgraded to Hold from Buy and the target price was lowered to $162 from $195 at Canaccord Genuity. Shares closed down almost 8% at $155.30 ahead of this call.

Mellanox Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX) was raised to Overweight from Neutral and the price target was raised to $100 from $98 at JPMorgan.

Meritage Homes Corp. (NYSE: MTH) was raised to Outperform from In-Line at Evercore ISI Group.