Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Albermarle, Alphabet, Booking, Box, CenturyLink, Cigna, DowDuPont, Kraft Heinz, MercadoLibre, Tesla, Waste Management and More

Stocks were indicated to open higher on Tuesday as overseas markets were up again. The Dow Jones industrial average has now popped well over 2,000 points above its lows from the start of this year. Investors have enjoyed a big bounce since the December lows, but only recently has it become very rewarding buying stocks after every big market sell-off. Now investors need to consider how they want their assets positioned for 2019 and beyond.

24/7 Wall St. reviews dozens of analyst research reports each day of the week. Our goal is to find new ideas for investors and traders alike. Some of these analyst reports cover stocks to buy, while others cover stocks to sell or to avoid.

Additional commentary has been added on most of the daily analyst reports, along with trading history. The consensus analyst price targets and other valuation metrics are from the Thomson Reuters sell-side research service.

These were the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen on Tuesday, February 5, 2019.

Advanced Disposal Services Inc. (NYSE: ADSW) was started as Sector Weight at KeyBanc Capital Markets. After closing up 2% at $25.75, the stock has a consensus target price is $28.22.

Albemarle Corp. (NYSE: ALB) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy with an $81 price target (versus an $81.90 prior close) at Citigroup. The consensus target price was $110.80.

Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) closed up 2% at $1,141.42 ahead of earnings but was indicated lower by about 2% at $1,117.20 on apparent profitability concerns ahead on higher spending. Wedbush reiterated it as Outperform with a $1,350 target. Nomura/Instinet maintained its Buy rating but lowered its target to $1,310 from $1,350. Barclays maintained its Overweight rating but lowered its target to $1,350 from $1,400.

Apollo Global Management LLC (NYSE: APO) was reiterated as Buy but the price target was lowered to $37 from $35 (versus a $30.36 close) at Argus.

Aqua America Inc. (NYSE: WTR) was reiterated as Buy with a $41 price target (versus a $34.92 close) at Janney, noting the upcoming acquisition of Peoples Gas after an investor meeting.

Booking Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: BKNG) was raised to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank. The stock closed up 1.3% at $1,860.99, and it has a consensus target price of $2,168.28.

Box Inc. (NYSE: BOX) was started with a Buy rating and assigned a $31 target price (versus a $21.57 close) at Goldman Sachs.

Casella Waste Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CWST) was started as Sector Weight at KeyBanc Capital Markets. Shares last closed at $30.81, in a 52-week range of $22.15 to $34.48. The consensus price target is $33.25.

CenturyLink Inc. (NYSE: CTL) was downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup. Shares closed down 1.4% at $15.03 ahead of the call and were indicated down another 4% at $14.45 afterward. CenturyLink also has a 52-week trading range of $13.97 to $24.20 and a consensus target price of $19.96.

Cigna Corp. (NYSE: CI) was maintained as Overweight but the price target was lowered to $299 from $304 at Morgan Stanley.

Control4 Corp. (NASDAQ: CTRL) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham. The stock has a 52-week trading range of $15.59 to $37.62, and the consensus target price is $31.75.

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