Stocks were indicated to have a mixed open because 3M is dragging the Dow Jones industrials down so much on disappointing numbers. Still, the S&P is very close to all-time highs and the Nasdaq hit all-time highs. With strong double-digit gains already seen so far in 2019, 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 Thursday, April 25, 2019.
American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP) was raised to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley. Its shares previously closed up five cents at $114.02, and its consensus target price was $119.05.
Aspen Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN) was raised to Outperform from Neutral and was given a $131 price target (versus a $114.51 prior close) at Wedbush Securities, with the firm talking about its fundamentals accelerating and with customer attrition declining.
Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (NYSE: CMG) was trading up 1% at $709.75 ahead of earnings and was indicated up about 1% afterward. Wedbush maintained its Neutral rating but raised the price target to $700 from $680, while KeyBanc Capital Markets reiterated the stock as Overweight and raised the price target to $780 from $625.
CyberArk Software Ltd. (NASDAQ: CYBR) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy but the price target was raised to $132 from $119 (versus a $125.63 close) at UBS. Its consensus target price was $122.35.
DXP Enterprises Inc. (NASDAQ: DXPE) was started with a Hold rating at Jefferies.
Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) was indicated up over 8% at $198.00 on Thursday morning after earnings. While multiple analysts raised their target prices, UBS upgraded the stock to Buy from Neutral with a $240 price target (versus a $199.10 close). KeyBanc Capital Markets reiterated its Overweight rating and raised its target to $220 from $195. The 52-week trading range is $123.02 to $218.62, and the consensus target price is $197.14.
General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE: GD) was raised to Neutral from Underweight with a $200 price target (versus a $180.73 close) close) at JPMorgan.
Lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) was reiterated as Buy at Canaccord Genuity, with a price target hike to $191 from $186. Lululemon has a consensus target price of $174.54, and it previously closed up 0.8% at $178.27.
Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) was last seen trading up about 5% at $131.20 for a new all-time high after earnings. Wedbush reiterated it as Outperform and raised its target to $155 from $150. KeyBanc Capital Markets reiterated its Overweight rating and raised its target to $143 from $141. Microsoft is set to challenge the $1 trillion market cap after this gain.
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