Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: AbbVie, Adobe, Amex, Intel, 3M, Microsoft, SAP, Shopify, Sprint, Target and More

Stocks were indicated to open mildly lower on Monday, but no direction seems clear because the losses were less than 0.1% on all three major index futures. The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq have challenged new all-time highs, while the Dow Jones industrials lag, with Boeing and a few other large components a drag on the market as a whole. 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 Monday, April 29, 2019.

AbbVie Inc. (NYSE: ABBV) was raised to Market Perform from Underperform and the price target was raised to $79 from $71 (versus a $79.70 prior close) at BMO Capital markets. AbbVie has a 52-week trading range of $75.77 to $107.25.

Adobe Inc. (NASDAQ: ADBE) was raised to Overweight from Equal Weight and the price target was raised to $340 from $280 (versus a $281.96 close) at Morgan Stanley. Adobe closed up 1.5% on Friday and was indicated up another 1.6% at $286.50 on Monday. Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: ALRM) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital. The stock closed down 0.3% at $70.59 on Friday and was indicated down 1.9% at $69.25 on Monday. The 52-week range is $36.28 to $71.46.

Alliance Data Systems Corp. (NYSE: ADS) was raised to Equal Weight from Underweight with a $160 price target (versus a $156.78 close) at Stephens. It has a $189.45 consensus target price.

American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS. After shares rose 1.5% to $117.60 on Friday, its consensus target price was last seen at $120.62.

Colgate-Palmolive Co. (NYSE: CL) was raised to Neutral from Underweight and the target price was raised to $70 from $62 (versus a $71.30 close) at JPMorgan. Colgate has a consensus target price of $65.55.

Franklin Resources Inc. (NYSE: BEN) was downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform and the target price was trimmed to $33 from $34 (versus a $35.11 close) at Keefe Bruyette & Woods.

Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus, with the independent research firm souring on Intel’s weaker data center chip sales outlook. The stock closed down 9% at $52.43 on Friday, in a 52-week range of $42.36 to $59.59.

3M Co. (NYSE: MMM) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at a boutique firm called Gordon Haskett after last week’s earnings debacle.

Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) was reiterated as Buy and the price target was raised to $145 at Argus, with the independent research firm citing strong earnings results. This joins about 10 more analyst target hikes from last week’s earnings report. Microsoft now has a $995 billion market cap after crossing the $1 trillion market cap mark last week after earnings.

NGM Biopharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: NGM) closed up 0.8% at $15.69 on Friday, in a post-IPO range of $14.50 to $18.75. Goldman Sachs started it with a Buy rating and a $22 price target. Cowen started it as Outperform as well.

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