Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: American Tower, American Water Works, Bank of America, eBay, FedEx, Lululemon, Morgan Stanley, Vale, Verizon and More

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Stocks were indicated up strong by almost 1% on Wednesday morning for the Dow Jones industrial average, S&P 500 and Nasdaq, quite similar to Tuesday’s gap-up open. This follows last week’s losses. Unfortunately, investors have to keep in mind that there has been less upside from 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 Wednesday, December 12, 2018.

American Tower REIT (NYSE: AMT) was downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight with a $170 price target at Morgan Stanley. Its 52-week trading range is $130.37 to $168.58, and it has a consensus price target of $167.68.

American Water Works Co. Inc. (NYSE: AWK) was reiterated as Buy and the price target was raised to $102 from $96 (versus a $96.48 prior close) at Janney. The 52-week range is $76.04 to $98.18, and the consensus price target is $94.00.

Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC) was downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform and the price target was lowered to $29 from $34 at Keefe Bruyette & Woods. The 52-week range is $24.29 to $33.05. The consensus price target is $34.30.

BioScrip Inc. (NASDAQ: BIOS) was started with a Buy rating and assigned a $5 price target (versus a $3.85 close) at Canaccord Genuity. It has a 52-week range of $2.31 to $4.13 and a consensus price target of $5.67.

eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) was downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight and the target price was lowered handily to $33 from $55 at Morgan Stanley. The consensus price target is $37.21, and the 52-week range is $26.36 to $46.99.

FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) was maintained as Outperform at Credit Suisse and the price target was lowered to $263 from $307. The firm believes that the very large sell-off in shares has priced in a big cut to its numbers and that the downside looks relatively limited.

Lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) was raised to Buy from Neutral with a $152 price target at Citigroup. The 52-week range is $73.74 to $164.79, and the consensus price target is $163.55.

Marriott International Inc. (NYSE: MAR) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy and the target price was lowered to $117 from $144 at Citigroup. It has a 52-week range of $106.96 to $149.21. The consensus price target is $136.77.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) was downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette & Woods in a banking sector downgrade based on a lack of positive catalysts for the industry in 2019.