Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: ADT, Apple, BP, Ciena, Exxon Mobil, Fortinet, JD.com, Micron, UDR, Western Digital and More
Stocks were hammered on Monday and were indicated to open handily lower on Tuesday due to another disappointment from Boeing and due to poor retail stock earnings reactions. Investors have been forced to see numerous waves of selling in 2018, and there has also been lower upside after buying immediately after the big market selloffs versus prior years. Now is the time for investors to start considering how they want their investments and assets positioned for 2019.
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These are the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen from Tuesday, November 20, 2018.
ADT Inc. (NYSE: ADT) was started with an Outperform rating and was assigned a $12 price target (versus $7.68 close) at RBC Capital Markets.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) was maintained as Neutral and saw its price target cut to $182 from $209 at Goldman Sachs, with the firm noting weakness in China and a less than stellar reception to the iPhone XR pricing. Apple was down almost 4% at $185.86 on Monday and was indicated down 3.5% at $178.40 on Tuesday. Another day, another Apple downgrade based on the same information as the prior 4 analyst cuts that took the shares lower. Apple is now in bear market territory.
Apptio Inc. (NASDAQ: APTI) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy and the target price was lowered down to $38 from $39 at Nomura/Instinet.
Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) was started as Outperform with a $47 price target (versus $35.83 close) at RBC Capital Markets. Aramark has a consensus analyst target price of $47.67.
BP PLC (NYSE: BP) was raised to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James. BP has a 52-week range of $36.15 to $47.82 and its ADSs were indicated down 1% at $40.50 on Tuesday.
Beacon Roofing Supply (NASDAQ: BECN) was maintained as Outperform at Wedbush Securities, but the firm slashed its target price to $30 from $50. Raymond James lowered its rating to Outperform from Strong Buy as well.
Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation (NYSE: COG) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy with a $29 target price at Goldman Sachs. Cabot Oil & Gas was indicated down 2% at $25.28 on Wednesday, versus a prior consensus analyst target price of $27.04.
Ciena Corporation (NASDAQ: CIEN) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham & Co. Ciena shares were indicated down 4% at $31.00 on Tuesday, and the consensus analyst target price was last seen at $34.25.
Cintas Corp. (NASDAQ: CTAS) was started as Outperform with a $215 price target (versus $179.58 close) at RBC Capital Markets. Cintas had a consensus analyst target price of $210.78.
Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM) was downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James. Exxon Mobil was indicated down 1.1% at $78.31 and the consensus analyst target price was $89.42.