Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Arista, BHP, Crocs, Digital Realty, HCA, Kimberly-Clark, Lyft, Qualcomm, Roku and More

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Stocks were indicated to open higher with four Dow Jones industrial average components beating earnings estimates on Tuesday after a very mixed trading session on Monday. With the major market indexes all still up well into the double-digit percentages year to date, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq are still within about 2% of hitting all-time highs again. And that’s happened while the 10-year Treasury yield has crept back up about 20 basis points in less than a month. With so much at stake, investors need to be considering how they want their portfolios positioned for the rest of the year and beyond.

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These are the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen on Tuesday, April 23, 2019.

Arista Networks Inc. (NYSE: ANET) was downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley.

BHP Group PLC (NYSE: BHP) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS, with the firm noting that BHP’s results would slow as prices realized for iron ore and thermal coal moderate. Shares closed at $55.13, in a 52-week range of $43.19 to $57.25 and with a consensus target price of $49.77.

Boston Properties Inc. (NYSE: BXP) was raised to Overweight from Sector Weight with a $146 price target at KeyBanc Capital Markets.

Corporate Office Properties Trust (NYSE: OFC) was downgraded to Underweight with a $23 target price at KeyBanc Capital Markets. Shares closed at $27.13, in a 52-week range of $20.04 to $31.01 and with a consensus target price of $28.55.

Crocs Inc. (NASDAQ: CROX) was downgraded to Neutral from Overweight with a $31 price target at Piper Jaffray. Shares closed at $27.26, in a 52-week range of $14.98 to $31.88 and with a consensus target price of $31.33.

Digital Realty Trust Inc. (NYSE: DLR) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies. Shares closed at $119.38, in a 52-week range of $100.05 to $125.10 and with a consensus target price of $125.67.

HCA Healthcare Inc. (NYSE: HCA) was raised to Outperform from Market Perform with a $135 target price at Raymond James. Shares closed at $115.00, in a 52-week range of $93.03 to $147.42 and with a consensus target price of $153.42.

Hormel Foods Corp. (NYSE: HRL) was downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman Sachs.

Kimberly-Clark Corp. (NYSE: KMB) was raised to Outperform and the target price was raised to $142 from $102 at Macquarie. Shares closed at $130.25, in a 52-week range of $97.10 to $132.47. The consensus target price is $110.56.