Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: AK Steel, Amgen, Booking, Chubb, Chipotle, Expedia, Gilead, Goodyear, Philip Morris, Target, Zscaler and More

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Stocks were indicated to open lower by about 1%, with the excuse being the same concerns about a trade war with China. Many investors have to be considering if “sell in May and go away” is more prudent in 2019 than in prior years, particularly as the indexes are still quite close to all-time highs. Investors also should be considering how they want their portfolios positioned for the rest of 2019.

24/7 Wall St. reviews dozens of analyst research reports each day of the week in an effort to find new trading and investing ideas for our readers. Some of these daily analyst reports cover stocks to buy, but other reports cover stocks to sell or to avoid.

Additional commentary and trading data have been added on some of the daily analyst reports. The consensus analyst price targets and other valuation metrics are from the Refinitiv (Thomson Reuters) sell-side research service.

These are the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen on Thursday, May 23, 2019.

AK Steel Holding Corp. (NYSE: AKS) was downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse, after falling 3.5% to $2.22 on Wednesday. Its consensus target price was $2.77, and the 52-week trading range is $2.05 to $5.40.

Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ: AMGN) was raised to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup, which lowered its price target to $205 from $210. Shares closed up 1% at $171.30, in a 52-week range of $166.30 to $210.19 and with a consensus target price of $206.10.

Atlassian Corp. PLC (NASDAQ: TEAM) was raised to Equal Weight from Underweight and the target price was raised to $145 from $99 at Morgan Stanley. Shares closed up 0.6% at $126.25, in a 52-week range of $60.39 to $131.99 and with a consensus target price of $117.20.

Appian Corp. (NASDAQ: APPN) was raised to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley, which raised its target price to $36 from $30. Shares closed up 3% at $34.86, in a 52-week range of $22.61 to $43.61 and with a consensus target price of $31.67.

Booking Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: BKNG) was raised to Buy from Neutral and the target price was raised to $2,100 from $1,800 at Citigroup. Shares closed down 1.5% at $1,745.02, in a 52-week range of $1,606.27 to $2,162.91 and with a consensus target price of $2,013.24.

Carbon Black Inc. (NASDAQ: CBLK) was started with a Market Perform rating at Cowen. Shares closed flat at $16.48, in a 52-week range of $11.80 to $35.00 and with a consensus target price of $18.75.

Chubb Ltd. (NYSE: CB) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy and the target price was raised to $154 from $146 at UBS. Shares closed up 1.2% at $148.02, in a 52-week range of $119.54 to $148.39 and with a consensus target price of $152.35.

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (NYSE: CMG) was downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital Markets. The firm noted that the potential impact of African swine fever on Chipotle’s operations is not being fully reflected in the outlook and valuation. Shares closed down 1.3% at $706.04, in a 52-week range of $383.20 to $727.00 and with a consensus target price of $683.00.

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. (NYSE: CTB) was started with an Overweight rating and assigned a $36 price target (versus a $28.63 prior close, after a 1% drop) at KeyBanc Capital Markets.

Expedia Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup, and the price target was lowered to $130 from $145. Shares closed down 0.4% at $116.71, in a 52-week range of $108.11 to $139.77 and with a consensus target price of $150.36.