Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Athenahealth, Apple, Deere, Disney, Hormel, JinkoSolar, Micron, US Bancorp and More

Stocks posted strong gains on Monday after the Thanksgiving week selling, but Tuesday was indicated lower on talk of more tariffs against China if a deal is not reached. Investors have seen numerous waves of selling in 2018, and there also has been lower upside after buying immediately after the big market sell-offs than in prior years. Now investors have to consider how they want their investments and assets positioned for 2019.

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These are the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen on Tuesday, November 27, 2018.

Athenahealth Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHN) was downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo. Shares closed at $132.70 and have a 52-week trading range of $116.77 to $163.94. This company is in the process of being acquired by Veritas Capital and Evergreen Coast Capital.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) is down on fears that President Trump will allow tariffs to go on to the iPhone if a deal is not reached in trade. Daniel Ives of Wedbush has said this only adds to the pain around Apple but he thinks the ultimately $50 billion services story is the key here, and he is maintaining his Outperform rating and still has that super-high $310 price target. Meanwhile, RBC Capital Markets lowered its price target to $235 from $240 after the recent news. Apple has a 52-week trading range of $150.24 to $233.47.

Deere & Co. (NYSE: DE) was reiterated as Buy at Argus, which raised its target price to $166 from $160 (versus a $148.92 prior close). The independent research firm noted that Deere has slid 15% from its highs, but it likes that the management was confident enough to raise the dividend payout by 15% and has earnings power in the coming quarters.

Hormel Foods Corp. (NYSE: HRL) was downgraded to Hold from Buy with a $44 price target (versus a $45.71 close) at Jefferies. It has a 52-week trading range of $31.71 to $46.24 and a consensus price target of $39.42.

JinkoSolar Holding Co. Ltd. (NYSE: JKS) was up 15.5% at $10.65 after earnings on Monday. Credit Suisse has maintained its Neutral rating due in part to higher operating expenses.

Micron Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MU) was maintained as Neutral but the price target was cut to $41 from $52 (versus a $36.57 close) at UBS. The 52-week range is $33.82 to $64.66. The consensus price target is $63.45.

U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank. The 52-week range is $48.49 to $58.50, and the consensus price target is $58.17.

Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) was raised to Outperform from In-Line with a $129 price target at Imperial Capital. Disney closed up 0.4% at $112.55 on Monday and was indicated up another 0.4% at $113.00 on Tuesday. Its 52-week range is $97.68 to $120.20 a share.

Other key analyst calls were seen in the following:

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