Stocks were indicated to have a small gain ahead of the opening bell on Friday. The S&P 500 has challenged all-time highs and the Nasdaq put in a new high with a strong earnings season this week. With strong double-digit gains already being 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 Friday, April 26, 2019.
Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) had a significant earnings beat, but the company’s note that it would have to increase spending and operating costs is keeping shares in check, with a 1.3% gain at $1,928.00 in early indications. Wedbush Securities reiterated Amazon as Outperform with a $2,350 target price, and Goldman Sachs reiterated it as Buy but raised its price target to $2,400 from $2,100. Merrill Lynch also reiterated its Buy rating, and it raised its price objective to $2,300 from $2,100. CFRA reiterated its Buy rating and raised its target to $2,200 from $2,000.
Aurora Cannabis Inc. (NYSE: ACB) was started with a Buy rating at Desjardins (a Canadian firm). Shares closed at $9.07, in a 52-week range of $4.05 to $12.52.
Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. (NYSE: AXTA) was downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan. Shares closed at $26.75, in a 52-week range of $21.58 to $32.83. The consensus target price is $30.00.
BankUnited Inc. (NYSE: BKU) was downgraded to Underweight from Overweight at Barclays. After closing down 1% at $36.10, shares were indicated down another 1% at $35.75 on Friday.
Brinker International Inc. (NYSE: EAT) was started with a Sell rating at UBS. Shares closed at $43.73, in a 52-week range of $40.29 to $54.14. The consensus target price is $47.07.
Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. (NYSE: CLF) was up 2.3% at $9.73 ahead of earnings and was indicated up another 2% at $9.90 afterward. Credit Suisse upgraded it to Outperform from Neutral and raised the target price to $14 from $13.
Darden Restaurants Inc. (NYSE: DRI) was started with a Buy rating at UBS. Shares closed at $119.15, in a 52-week range of $84.37 to $124.00. The consensus target price is $127.60.
FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) was downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS. It closed down 4.5% at $188.87 a share on Thursday and was indicated down 1.5% at $186.00 on Friday. FedEx has a consensus target price of $208.88 and a 52-week trading range of $150.94 to $266.67.
Ferrari N.V. (NYSE: RACE) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at HSBC. Shares closed at $135.56, in a 52-week range of $93.85 to $149.85. The consensus target price is $140.57.
Group 1 Automotive Inc. (NYSE: GPI) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham Research. Shares closed at $76.31, in a 52-week range of $48.69 to $81.16. The consensus price target is $80.67.