Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: CenturyLink, Deere, Ecolab, E*Trade, Merck, Southwest Air, S&P, Transocean, Walmart and More

Moody’s Corp. (NYSE: MCO) was reiterated as Buy and the price target was raised to $180 at Argus. The shares closed at $167.96, in a 52-week range of $129.26 to $187.98. The consensus price target is $170.58.

NGL Energy Partners L.P. (NYSE: NGL) was downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse. Shares closed at $13.86. The 52-week range is $8.71 to $14.15, and the consensus price target is $14.57.

Oceaneering International Inc. (NYSE: OII) was raised to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays. Shares closed at $16.24, in a 52-week range of $10.74 to $28.62. The stock has a consensus price target of $17.38.

Palo Alto Networks Inc. (NYSE: PANW) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Gabelli. Shares closed at $229.90, in a 52-week range of $160.08 to $239.50. The consensus price target is $246.40.

Pure Storage Inc. (NYSE: PSTG) was downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James. Shares closed at $19.32, in a 52-week range of $13.99 to $29.14. The consensus price target is $25.75.

S&P Global Inc. (NYSE: SPGI) was reiterated as Buy and the target price was raised to $220 (versus a $197.65 close) at Argus.

Service Corporation International (NYSE: SCI) was downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James after shares fell 6.5% to $42.99. Credit Suisse maintained its Outperform rating but lowered its target to $49 from $50.

Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) was lower by almost 4% at $55.40 on Wednesday morning after lowering revenue expectations based on the shutdown and after reaching a new profit-sharing pact with employees. Goldman Sachs lowered its rating to Sell from Neutral and lowered its target price to $54 from $66 on the news.

Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) was raised to Overweight from Underweight at Barclays, and Argus reiterated its Hold rating and noted a continuing challenging environment.

Uniti Group Inc. (NASDAQ: UNIT) was downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital Markets.

Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) was maintained as Neutral at Credit Suisse after the earnings pop, but the firm did raise earnings estimates after noting that the largest U.S. sales gain in a decade suggests that its productivity loop is working. Walmart closed up 2.2% at $102.20 a share on Tuesday, with a consensus target price of $106.93.

Citigroup issued a very aggressive rating on PG&E Corp. (NYSE: PCG) on Tuesday.

Tuesday’s top analyst calls included Applied Materials, CSX, Freeport-McMoRan, Frontier Communications, Lululemon Athletica, McDonald’s, T-Mobile, Ulta Beauty, Windstream and many more.

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